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The complete guide to spring cleaning your computer

Blow away those digital cobwebs

Computer spring clean

You don't need a broom to clean up your computer

If you want to keep your house clean, you need to dust it regularly; if you want your car to run well, you should service it annually; and if you want your computer to stay speedy and responsive, it needs its own maintenance—a digital spring clean.

We're not just talking about wiping down your keyboard, but also clearing up the digital clutter taking up room inside your system, including the apps and files that you no longer use. Here's how to get started.

Get rid of older apps

Removing older apps

Removing older apps

Uninstalling apps you no longer use can instantly improve your computer's performance.

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