Lets talk PC maintenance…
3. Get the right performance enhancing software. Don’t get too exited though. What i’m about to tell you will not super charge your PC. But you can expect smooth and stable performance from your beloved device, just like you bought it new from the shop, or slightly better. If you follow my steps, that is… Get Auslogics Disk Defrag and CCleaner, don’t worry it’s free.
Disk Defrag is a little faster than Windows standard defragmenter. If you do not know, defragmenting process is similar to packing all scattered data on your hard drive to one place. You get this scatter from installing and uninstalling of software, copying, moving, creating and deleting files. To find and read this scattered data takes more time. On the other side, compact data requires less movement of the hard drive’s physical parts, which results in faster load times = Good for you! Defragmenting is the finishing touch of your PC maintenance. Just like sealing a cars paint with wax, after the car was cleaned and polished. First we must clean the PC of all accumulated junk.
As i said about safe browsing, delete temporary internet files from your browsers.
Uninstall unused and forgotten programs, and delete obsolete documents and files.
Clean your recycle bin.
Update your antivirus and software that should be up to date, you should know better:).
Run CCleaner. Use CCleaner to clean your registry and junk files that are still left from updates etc.
Do “EXTRA” (or skip this step).
Close all programs – Run DIskDefrag.
You’re done!!! Congratulations!!!
Feeling bold? Then have a look at your boot configuration. For Windows 7 Start->All Programs->Accessories->Run, type “msconfig”. If Hugh?, then back off, if not – don’t be afraid to look, be afraid to change something. There you should see familiar processes and programs, that load with windows at startup. Remove from startup list programs and services you do not need. If you found something suspicious on the list – investigate legitimacy. Get the info about the service on the net. If you found suspicious startup services and disabled them, then i suggest you turn of your internet connection, boot in safe mode and run your antivirus + Roguekiller + Removeit. Because malicious file could copy itself back on the hard drive if it runs in your RAM memory and the other way around – back to RAM. Boot in normal again. Continue steps…
Anyway, i hope these tips will provide a safe and pleasant use of your PC.
Just in case you missed my previous parts:
How To Keep Your PC Safe and Smooth For Free – Part 1
How To Keep Your PC Safe and Smooth For Free – Part 2