For majority of Windows users like me, I discovered that files in my PC increased, programs become unused and pop-up error messages proliferates over time. If I continue to ignore all these issues, before I know it, I have a messed-up system that desperately needs cleaning. So how do I tackle it all? My advice is to do one task at a time. The initial part may be difficult since I need to do some restorative work to get my PC back in tip-top condition. However once it becomes regular, I discover that I can clean my PC quickly.
Following is a list of recommended cleaning tasks that you can do.
1. Get rid of unused and obsolete files. Archive those old files that you seldom accesses but still need to use. Transfer those files to a thumb drive or external hard drive. Don’t leave it in your PC hard drive as it will only occupy the disk space.
2. Do a program inventory and uninstall the programs you no longer need. Most programs come with their own Uninstaller. So use it to remove the program first. If that is unavailable, use Windows built-in Add/Remove Programs to do the removal.
3. Get rid of malware and spam and get your Internet environment in control. If you do this, you find that using the Internet can again become productive, rather than frustrating. The good news Microsoft has provided a free anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware software. It is called Microsoft Security Essentials. It is free for licensed Windows users. I am currently using it and am happy with the performance.
4. Closely examine what your computer loads without your knowledge. Windows encounters instructions to automatically load different programs from various places (mostly from the Web). Many people overlook this vital area. These programs can hog resources and slow down your PC overall performance. Windows do provide some utilities that can help. E.g. Microsoft System Configuration Utility aka MSCONFIG.
5. If you have the knowhow, delete unwanted entries in the Registry. Let me caution you again -Working in the Registry is not for the novice. Make sure you do a backup before you modify the Registry and you double-check every action before you change it. One wrong step and you can render the system inoperable. If you are not comfortable doing this, I would strongly urge you to use a registry cleaner. There are free ones out there on the Internet. It’s a matter of finding the suitable one for your PC. As for me, I use my PC almost every day. I can’t afford to take chances. So I used this world-class registry cleaner to clean my PC registry.
Now that you know the areas that you should focus on cleaning your PC, it is time to take action.