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I am thankful for the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete.’

Elayne Boosler

When your computer is running slowly, you may stop to wonder what’s causing it. The causes can be legion, and not all of them have to do with the contents of your hard drive.

That’s an excellent place to start, but one must remember that body and mind are tied in people, and that’s just as true in computers. National Clean Out Your Computer Day reminds you that you need to take care of the whole system, inside and out, digital and physical, so get to it!

History of National Clean Out Your Computer Day

When was the last time you cleaned out your fans and dusted off your motherboard? Have you looked at your graphics card to see if its cooling fan and fins are clean? For that matter, when did you last clean out you even opened the case?

Make sure that your system is powered down and disconnected (don’t panic! You’ll survive the half-hour or so you have it down, I promise!) and then find a good online tutorial to show you the way to get it done safely. All that dust traps heat, and if you aren’t aware, computers really don’t function well under high stress and heat.

Once you have it all cleaned out inside, you’ll want to put it back together and boot it up. Believe us, you’re likely to see an immediate improvement in its performance. Once that’s done, it’s time to go through and clean out unnecessary files from your computer, a clogged up hard drive can be just as bad as a clogged up fan on your computer, though it won’t as often destroy your computer.

How to celebrate National Clean Out Your Computer Day

It’s right there in the name Jonesy, clean out your computer. Start by tearing down that case, opening it up, and clean out all of the dust and grime that’s inside. You may have more dust than you think in there, and it’s causing your system to slow down. Get the Hard Drive cleaned out next, and you can enjoy another year of a smooth running computer, as fast as the day you bought them.

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