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How To Do A Computer Cleanup

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, can you tell me how to do a computer cleanup?”
    - Samantha E., Australia

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (Microsoft Gold Certified – Win7, XP, Vista).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Why You Should Do A Computer Cleanup

The performance and speed of computers can be attributed to several negative factors. If we can eliminate all these factors, what remains is a fast and efficient computer that could give you optimum working performance.

Of course, all of us want only the best for our computers. Having slow system can highly affect the way we work. We cannot also enjoy our favorite movies if our system is very sluggish enough to play any type of multimedia files. There are various things that you can do to speed up your very slow computer system.

If you notice any of these symptoms on your computer, this means you need to do some cleaning up on your computer's system:

  • Windows keep on prompting error messages
  • If the computer system is running slow and sluggish than normal
  • Your computer frequently freezes
  • Windows takes too much time to shut down or does not shut down at all.
  • Symptoms of blue screen especially Windows XP/Vista

The abovementioned symptoms might be triggered by the following reasons:

  • Registry key errors due to installing and removing of programs on your computer
  • Spyware, adware, malware, viruses and other types of virtual infections

Computer Cleanup: Tips & Tricks

Here's a checklist of the things that you can do to improve the speed of your PC:

Reduce virtual clutter in your computer's hard drive

Try to remove programs that you do not use anymore and yet eat up a huge portion of storage space. You can use Windows Defrag Tool to boost computer storage.

Clean your computer's fan

You can do this by opening the PC's tower and clean the fan using a soft piece of cloth. You can also purchase some cleaning kits in the computer store nearest you.

Reduce all start-up programs

Start-up programs are programs that automatically start or launch as soon as you turn on your PC. Start-up programs tend to eat a lot of your PC's processing time. You can search the internet for the tools that can control programs and the way they start up.

Use a trusted anti-virus program

There are lots of anti-virus programs in the internet, some are free and some are paid. Avast paired with Malwarebytes is a good combo to remove all unwanted spywares, malwares and other virus infections.

Install a good registry cleaner

Faulty and damaged registry keys may result to a slow performance by your computer. Always have a good registry cleaner handy.

These simple cleaning up tips can make your computer considerably fast. Keep these things in mind and your computer will be healthy as ever!

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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