4 Tips to Avoid IT Hacks and Optimize Computer Performance

When it comes to IT work, we’re always striving for faster results, smoother workflows, and more efficient systems. Even though our devices can handle a lot of stuff daily, they often slow down over time and impede our productivity. If your system is slowing down, it might need some fine-tuning.

Here are 4 ways you can optimize your computer’s performance and regain lost speed:

Cache clearing

Cache files are useful residues of software that help us resume tasks when we fire up an application. In short, they keep your system running smoothly. But, cache files can take up valuable space and slow down the system, especially if you have limited space in your storage. On top of that, old or corrupted cache files can cause errors! When you clear cache once in a while, you free up space, improve performance, and resolve issues like login problems and page rendering errors.

To clear your Chromium-based browser’s cache (Chrome, Edge, Brave, etc.) click on the three-dot icon in the right toolbar, select “More tools,” and then “Clear browsing data.” Check the box next to “Cached images and files” and click “Clear data.” To clear cache for individual applications, look for the option in the settings or preferences menu.

For the Safari browser on Mac, open the app and click on “Safari” in the top menu bar. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings”, and click on the “Advanced” tab. At the bottom of the window, check the box next to “Show Develop menu in menu bar.” Then, close the Preferences window and click on “Develop” in the top menu bar. Select “Empty Caches” from the drop-down menu. 

Software updates

If your system is showing signs of slowing down or acting odd, you might need to update the software. Frequent software updates can be annoying, especially in Windows, but the benefits far outweigh the minor inconveniences. On top of bringing new features, software patches improve stability and address security loopholes.

To check for updates, simply navigate to the “Update & Security” (or “Software Update”) section in your computer’s settings and search for it. If updates are available, install them promptly to ensure your computer is protected and running smoothly. Updates will reboot your device and might speed it up as well!

Hardware clean-up

When you use computers for a while, dust, dirt, and grime can build up inside them. This can clog fans, heatsinks, and other components, causing them to overheat, throttle, and crash systems.

To keep hardware clean and prevent these problems, here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Use a can of compressed air to blow dust and dirt out of fans, heatsinks, and other components. It keeps them running smoothly and prevents overheating.
  2. Dirt and grime can build up on the keys of your keyboard, making it difficult to type. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the keys and keep them clean.
  3. Use a soft, dry cloth (preferably microfiber) to gently wipe your computer screen and remove dust and fingerprints.
  4. Liquids can cause serious damage to your computer’s hardware. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your computer to avoid spills. You can never be too sure!
  5. Regularly clean the area around your computer to prevent dust and dirt from building up.


By automating repetitive tasks on your computer, you can save time, reduce human error, build consistent workflows, and reach goals faster. You can use macros in Windows to automate tasks in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and use the task scheduler to trigger tasks at specific events. Alternatively, you can use third-party tools such as Zapier and IFTTT to automate tasks between web apps. 

It’s important to get the most out of your IT systems and look out for signs of aging. To get more help with IT security and performance, get in touch with MyTek!

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