Show your digital devices some love this Valentine’s Day

Emma McGowan 13 Feb 2024

Your device will always give you signs that it needs some TLC. Uncover how you can show your electronics some love.

As Valentine's Day approaches, we might find ourselves in the mood for warmth and affection. However, this sentiment should be reserved for our loved ones, not our digital devices. Just as building a strong relationship requires care and attention, so too does ensuring premium, long-lasting functionality.  

If you've noticed your laptop or phone feeling more like a hot date than a cool companion, it might be time to consider some maintenance.   

So, what are some of the key red flags and signs that your device needs extra adoration?  

Too hot to handle 

Laptops can overheat and possibly suffer long-term damage when trying to complete tasks that require a lot of computing power (like gaming or streaming) or when they run too many applications at the same time. Feeling your laptop heat up and stall could also mean that your air vents are covered and airflow is restricted, or the fan is hindered by dirt and other grime. This could even happen to your phone as a result of prolonged use.   

Taking things slow 

Why does it always feel like it takes forever to complete the most mundane tasks on your computer? Well, let's answer that question with another question: How many tabs and applications are open in the background?   

Running multiple programs at once requires a lot of processing power, which can slow things down. However, you may have a bigger problem causing your computer to creep along at a snail's pace that will require some digital cleaning. Malware, adware, and viruses could all be sneaking around in the background, creating extra work for your device that you don’t want.    

Mixed signals   

Your computer will never feed you the same old breakup line – “It’s not you, it’s me”.  

Instead, it will come right out and admit that it’s the problem. Depending on your operating system, you may start to notice error messages or the infamous Blue Screen of Death popping up when your computer is starting up or shutting down. If these errors consistently show up during your normal routine, you may have a software issue. 

Getting the cold shoulder 

You’re texting your sweetheart back and forth all day long. You’re both excited for tonight's date. But when you text them that you’re on the way… nothing. They stop responding and won’t pick up the phone.  

This is what it feels like when your computer suddenly freezes during a productive work session. Your computer could be freezing for several potential reasons (faulty software, hardware, memory). If your computer is freezing frequently, such as on start-up or when a certain process is run, it could be an indication of some much-needed maintenance.    

Tips for device maintenance 

Now that we know what to look out for, let’s discuss some of the ways you can clean your device to extend its shelf life and improve its overall performance 

Give your laptop a spa day

Nothing says romance quite like treating someone to a day of relaxation. And your electronics would probably enjoy it too! Cleaning devices can save you time and money on repairs and replacements in the long run. You can practice dusting your keyboard at least once a week, wiping down your mouse regularly with rubbing alcohol, cleaning your hardware system once every three to six months, and finally powering down and rebooting your device consistently. Keeping your computer tidy should always be a priority. 

Time for a decluttering date 

You can normally count on a bouquet of roses to impress someone you’ve just started seeing. But if you really want to knock the socks off your long-term partner, picking up around the house is always a good place to start. A messy room can ruin the mood, and a cluttered device can lead to sluggish performance.  

Using reputable software like our PC Cleanup can help with tossing out the junk and keeping your device running like new with automatic cleaning. Decluttering helps ensure that your computer doesn’t get bogged down with unnecessary data. It also limits the number of programs malware might latch onto in order to gain access to the system. 

Unconditional updates 

To keep your applications running safely and efficiently you should check for major computer and software updates at least once a month. These updates can be critical for long-term health because they patch up security holes and remove unnecessary features. You should look to keep your antivirus software up to date as well. Updates could introduce new software features or make improvements to current ones. Automatic updates may be available within your device's settings.   

Break up with unused apps 

Trust us, your device deserves better. It’s time to move on – there are plenty of fish in the digital sea. When you start getting rid of applications and programs that you no longer use, it frees up more memory space. When you delete these ex-programs, backup your files, and perform maintenance tasks like defragmenting the hard drive, you help to ensure your computer can save future files without accidentally corrupting them. You can also speed up your system by removing temporary internet files and clearing your cache/cookies. 

So, resist the urge to hug your laptop for warmth and, instead, show it some love through proper maintenance. Your device will thank you with improved performance, extended battery life, and a cooler disposition. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your digital companions! 

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