Has your documents folder become the junk drawer of your computer? You don’t notice until your once fleeting load time has become more of a bathroom break between tasks. Well, it’s that time of year. Open up the windows, let the fresh air in and clean out those pesky untouched programs, services and files. It’s time to spring clean your computer.

Great Plains Communications has some specific steps and programs to consider when starting the process.

–          Erase Unwanted Files

Get rid of those research papers from college, memes you found funny a year ago and any pictures you could keep on a USB flash drive. By deleting files, you clear up storage space making it easier and faster for the computer to find information.  For Windows users, CCleaner is a free app that could speed up the process. Click on the link to find out more information, but be sure to read through the entire process, as the program does much more than just deleting files.

–          Update Software

By not keeping your software up-to-date, you aren’t allowing your computer to be the best version of itself. Skipping multiple updates will cause your loading times to increase rapidly. Make sure to keep not only your software updated, but also your virus protection. For computers with built-in virus protection, sit back and relax while your software update does all the work for you.

–          Defrag Hard Drive

Defragmentation is simply speeding up read times on the hard drive, by moving sequential data physically closer together so that it doesn’t have to search the entire drive to find specific data. The easiest way to do this is by using the free program Defraggler.

An additional option would be Great Plains Communications’ Tech Home. With Tech Home, you are provided with world-class security for all devices, home and on the go, while also having access to 24/7 “Live” tech support. Tech Home costs just $14.99 a month with all tech assistance free of charge. It provides the support you want and the protection you need around the clock, to ensure your computer won’t be bogged down and is functioning at its full potential.

There are multiple ways to increase performance speeds on your computer, but take the time this season and find which ways work best for you. If you would like more information or would like to sign up for Tech Home, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

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