How to Clean Your Computer System
From HowiwThis will show you how to clean up your Windows based PC. With these steps, you'll "clean up" your system and help it operate better.
- Do a Windows Update Regularly. This will be on your Start Menu. If it isn't, then click on "All Programs", then "Accessories", then "System Tools". This will take you to the proper page. Alternatively, try windowsupdate.microsoft.com (not necessary with Vista). It is very important that you get all available security updates. Other updates may less critical, but are still recommended.
- Try to Get rid of cookies. These are the little crumbs that are left behind on your computer after you visit a website. Click on Start > Control Panel > Internet Options. The second row down will say Delete Cookies, click on that. Click on Delete Temporary file; when the little box comes up that says "delete offline," you don't have to click on that. Click on Delete temporary Files.
- Then, you have to Complete Disk Cleanup. After clicking on "Start", move your cursor on "All Programs", then up to "Accessories", then "System Tools". Click on "Disk Cleanup" from the list that appears. Click the "More Options" tab at the top of the page, and select all three of the following: "Windows Components," "Installed Programs," and "System Restore". Clean up all three by clicking on their respective tabs. You may want to delete all but your most recent system restore point as you probably don't need the others.
- Defragment your computer. Defragmenting your computer moves all your files to where they are supposed to be. You may want tp download an independent defragmenter (e.g. Defraggler by Piriform). It is small, concise, powerful, and much quicker than the one distributed with Windows.
- Install anti-virus software. Kaspersky, AVG, Bitdefender, Antivir, and Avast are free for personal use.
- Then after all that, you should Go to My Computer. then go to tools at the top. then you have to go to Folder Options, find View, then check the box "Show Hidden Files and Folders" then you have to go to Local Disk, Documents & Settings, Your Account, and if you want you can delete everything in: Local Settings History delete everything there just on local settings history. you can also delete everything in temporary internet files.
- You should Remove unwanted programs by going to start, control panel, add or remove programs, then remove unwanted programs. programs that you think are not important.
- If you havn't cleant up your PC for a long time, you may need to clean your PC Registry with a System cleaner and Registry repair software.
- If you use Norton Antivirus, then set it to scan your computer as often as possible. (daily is best) To do this, click "scan for viruses" then click the button that has a clock on next to "scan my computer". This will take you to the scheduling window. It is best to schedule this when you are not using the computer, like when you're asleep, as it can take quite a few hours to finish, especially if you have a larger computer. This will cause it to detect many viruses, but also delete a lot a of spyware and adware, too.
- Deleting the wrong files may ruin your computer. Make sure when you are looking for old files that you don't want anymore, that these files you absolutely don't need, and have nothing to do with the way the system runs itself.
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