Clean It Up: Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your PC

By Rick Broida

Like your body, your house, and your car, your PC needs regular cleaning to keep it running smoothly. There might be dust bunnies choking its fans, junk files clogging the hard drive, maybe even stealth viruses slowing down the entire system. Fortunately, with a little maintenance of your hardware and software alike, you can restore your PC to its former trouble-free glory, and perhaps even squeeze a few extra years out of it.

Clean out the dust

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Clean out the junk

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Defrag your hard drive--if you have to

Wipe the hard drive