Gina Trapani made a return to Lifehacker last week to remind us all to do something that’s very important: clean out the dust bunnies from our PCs. Seriously – it’s the spring, so it’s time for a good dose of Spring Cleaning! Besides, all the dust that’s collected in your computer is making it run hot and slow, so now is as good a time as any to clean it all out, especially if you’re doing spring cleaning about your home anyway.
If your PC’s been humming along under your desk for more than a year or two, I’ve got news for you: Chances are inside that case, half a dozen dust bunnies are dancing around your hard drive, leeching onto your CPU fan and fluttering about your motherboard having a grand old time. This is not good. Today we’ll go over how to clean out the guts of your computer, tighten, tune and oil things up to make your PC happier, healthier, and more likely to stick around longer.
Sure enough, she walks us through the process, from opening up our system to dusting it out with compressed air, all the way through lubricating our system fans to make sure they run nice and smoothly in the future. They’re simple, quick tips that will instantly make a huge improvement in your computer’s performance – or at least its hygeine.