Back To School: Clean Your Computer

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A lot of people are either back to school or heading back in the coming weeks. College is a pretty big deal so you want to be as prepared and ready for it as possible. That’s why Inflecto Vita is here to help. I’ve decided to put together a couple of tips, tricks and things I wish I would have known before starting school. My first tip: Clean your computer.

What is the single most important thing you bring to school to make sure you succeed? Your computer of course. It has all of your papers, handouts and information not to mention things that don’t relate to school, your resume, music, movies and pictures. You want to make sure that your computer is working and working well. You paid a lot of good money for that computer, keep it working it’s best.

The first suggestion I would have is reformat. If you just bought a brand new computer, you don’t have to worry about this one. If you’ve had your machine for a couple years and it’s getting a little sluggish, this may be the best option. Before you do this, make sure you know what you are doing or ask someone who does. It also wouldn’t hurt to check out a tutorial or two like this one on Lifehacker. I also wrote a post a while ago with a couple of helpful tips for reformatting here.

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Once you have a brand new, speedy, freshly formatted computer, you want to keep it that way. Make sure to install an anti-virus. A lot of times schools will offer or even require a specific anti-virus software to be loaded on your computer, make sure you check around and see if there is anything they offer. If not, go ahead and download AVG Free, this anti-virus is very good, thorough and completely free.

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Here are a couple of other nice tools that I have found that may help you keep your computer clean and running great, but you don’t need any of them and you definitely shouldn’t have all of them. Malwarebytes is another great, free tool for getting rid of bad stuff on your computer. CCleaner and Advanced SystemCare are two other free, cleaning tools. They will clean out your history, cache, temp files and other things. And lastly, Smart Defrag is a great program that incrementally defragments your computer in the background.

Hopefully with these couple tips you can refresh your computer and keep it running quickly and smoothly. If you have any questions or comments about these tips or if you have any other tips for students returning to the dorms, leave a comment or send me a message @DevonSchreiner or @InflectoVita.

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