Spring clean your PC

As winter relinquishes its icy grasp on much of the country, people across the nation are looking forward to the warmer weather of spring. As well as being a great time to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends, spring is also an ideal opportunity to do some much-needed spring cleaning – both of your home and on your desktop PC. Here are some helpful tools you can use to wring every last drop of performance out of your machine and start the season with a tidy computer:

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CCleaner
Over time, browsing the web, installing and removing software and even general computer use can clog up your machine. Even if you take great care to keep your PC running smoothly, there are a lot of background processes and digital footprints left behind by common software applications that can adversely affect how well your computer runs. To ensure your machine is performing at optimal levels, install CCleaner or CCleaner Professional by Piriform. This handy tool enables you to quickly and easily delete your browser’s cache files, uninstall old programs, get rid of obsolete registry values and more. Running CCleaner once a week is an excellent way to keep your PC in top shape.

Auslogics Disk Defrag
Auslogics Disk Defrag makes defragmenting your computer’s hard drive a snap. Routine computer use can lead to files being moved and saved under different names, both of which can take up valuable space on your machine’s drive. Auslogics Disk Defrag enables you to analyze how efficient your hard drive’s disk usage is, before defragmenting it to ensure that those pesky file remnants aren’t affecting your computer’s performance. Depending on how much you use your computer, you shouldn’t need to defrag your hard drive more than once a month.

Duplicate Cleaner
No matter how organized you may be, from time to time you’ll probably come across duplicate files hidden away in the depths of your PC’s hard drive. Not only can these files take up additional space, duplicate documents can also lead to a range of problems, such as compatibility issues and permissions conflicts. To eliminate duplicate files, install Duplicate Cleaner. This application enables you to search entire hard drives and identify and kill duplicated files.

What other programs do you recommend for spring cleaning your PC?

 

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One Response to Spring clean your PC

  1. Daniel April 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Great tips, but I was hoping for more along the lines of physically cleaning; such as tips about clearing dust out of your case.

    Also I suggest an app called TreeSize to find your largest folders/files. Sometimes you find huge files for things you really don’t need anymore.

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