Steps for Cleaning Coronavirus from a Computer, No Software Required

April 1, 2020 - With the spread of coronavirus, one of the key things to do is to stay clean and disinfect objects you use on a daily basis.

Jason Fulbright with Intelligent Concepts shares two things that typically get overlooked - your computer's keyboard and mouse or your laptop's keyboard and touch pad. In the past cleaning a virus from a computer required software and some computer knowledge. However, today's threat isn't to your computer's operating system but to your computer's operator - you.

So with that in mind, it’s time, if you haven’t already, to clean your keyboard and mouse.

First off, it goes without saying, your laptop or desktop computer should be off when doing this but be sure to shutdown correctly and not just pull the plug.

If your desktop computer has wired keyboard and mouse devices, they need to be disconnect. If you are new to unplugging either, make sure you notate where they unplug from so you can replug them in once you are done cleaning. If you have a wireless model keyboard or mouse, power them off with a power button or switch if available. If no power off option is available, then just remove the battery.

Use Lysol/Clorox wipes if you have that available. If not, spray some Lysol on a damp cloth. Wipe all the keys and areas where your hands rest. Also, you may want to flip your desktop keyboard over and gently shake loose any particles that have gotten trapped under keys.

Wipe the entire surface of your mouse. If it has a wheel on top, gently spin the wheel with the cloth until you have made several turns.

You are done with disinfecting your keyboard and mouse. Make sure it is dry before plugging them back up or turning them back on.