Looking to clean up your computer? Follow this computer clean up guide and you'll have a much smoother and more efficient computer:
1. Get rid of unwanted programs: Buy and Install NoAdware, it comes with helpful scanning tools for removing any harmful programs that have accumulated on your computer. NoAdware is one of the leading Adware & Spyware removal software on the market today.
2. Clear space on the computer: Large programs and running processes will tax your computer's runtime. If you have any Norton or Symantec programs installed, you should remove them if computer speed has become unbearable. You can go to your computer's Program Files folder and by right-clicking on folders, see which ones are taking up the most space. This info may also be available from your computer's Uninstall Programs feature (for Windows users, in the Control Panel). You should consider uninstalling large programs or programs which you rarely use. You can also use a program like RamBooster to get rid of old system files that are no longer needed.
3. Defragment the Hard Drive: On Windows computers, the DeFrag and Disk Cleanup are valuable utilities. DeFrag automatically rearranges files on your computer in an attempt to maximize computer run speed.
4. Clean the Fan: Unknown to many computer users, it's not all a matter of software. If your computer uses a fan (check the back of the computer Tower), you are actually recommended to clean it every few months (or at least I was by GeekSquad). Dust inside the tower case can accumulate, and as I personally experienced, can cause the fan to fail, which will mean the Tower overheats and your computer may refuse to start. For a good explanation of how to clean this fan (which involves opening up the Tower and using a cloth and / or compressed air can) you can see E-How's tutorial.
5. Manually Delete Temp Files: For Windows users, you can delete Temp files, Temporary Internet Files, and Cookies by going to C: // Windows. You should see folders called Temp or Temporary Internet Files, and by going to the Profiles folder, can go to a user's folder and modify the Cookies saved by your computer. Temp and Temporary Internet Files folders house useless files that can accumulate and slow down your computer (particularly on shared computers). A user's Cookies folder holds site-specific files that contain login info or site preferences. However, unwanted Cookies can be harmful files downloaded by sites without your permission to attack your computer and contain Spyware or Adware. You should consider deleting Cookies for sites you do not trust.