Five ways to clean up your PC
Last updated: dd mmmm yyyy
No matter how hard you try, your PC is running slow. The most widespread reason for this is unnecessary files that clutter its hard drive. These files come from different sources, and therefore there are different ways to remove them. Some of them will be reviewed here.
The easiest way to put away with useless files is to scan the hard drive for them and then just delete everything you don't need. For this you can use a built-in Windows disk cleanup tool, but using special additional software will be a more powerful alternative. There are also disk checker tools that scan your disk for bad sectors and fix various system errors.
2. Remove log and cache files
To speed up access to web pages, your Internet browser creates cache files that store information about each page you visit. However, caching can have the reverse effect: while increasing the browsing speed, it slows down your PC. Therefore it's recommended to regularly clean up your browser's cache.
Similar to your browser, programs installed on your PC also create log files to load them faster. And again, it has a negative impact on your PC's performance.
Both cache and log files can be easily removed using special disk cleanup tools.
3. Get rid of unused programs
If you don't use a program, it still consumes a lot of RAM and other resources. In some cases even the program removal does not help much, as some programs tend to leave behind a lot of additional files. To avoid such issues we recommend using only specialized uninstalling software.
4. Remove viruses
Viruses can be harmful not only to your computer's hard drive but also to its health. Some malware programs can even steal your identity. Therefore Antivirus for Windows is a must. Regular scans for viruses make your PC safer and more protected.
5. Perform disk defragmentation
With time large files on your PC's hard drive become fragmented (the system cannot find enough space to store a file as a single item and therefore puts the parts of the file between other files). Therefore it takes the system quite a lot of time to open such files. However, you can defragment such files using specialized defragmenting programs.
Tips from the author
There's a variety of tools promising to return your PC to the brand new state. For example, Advanced System Optimizer offers not only hard drive cleanup but also checks the disk for errors and manages application startup. And System Mechanic also defragments the hard drive. But for me the most versatile application is PCKeeper. Its set of utilities includes:
- Disk Defragmenter
- Disk Checker
- Startup Manager
and many other useful features that will keep your PC in top shape. PCKeeper has a 15-day trial period, so you can see whether this program suits you. But of course it's just a piece of advice, so you are absolutely free to choose an optimization tool tailored exactly to your needs!