How to Clean Computer

This guide discusses how to clean computer to ensure that you get the most out of your system and your system does not fall ‘ill’ too often. These steps range from regularly updating windows to cleaning your registry to staying clear of malware.

Keep Windows updated

Many Windows updates are critical in nature and it is generally wise to keep Windows as updated as possible. However, some updates are not required and just take unnecessary space and downloading time. So, it is best to manually look into Windows update and choose what updates you want to download and install.

If you do not have time to perform manual updates, it is best that you keep the Automatic Update feature on your computer always enabled.

Keep away from viruses and other malware

Viruses are very easily the root cause of most problems to do with a computer. It is therefore essential to keep your system as free from viruses and other malware as possible. To achieve this, it is important to have good anti-virus and anti-spyware applications on your computer.

You must ensure that these applications are updated regularly, especially the virus an spyware definitions.
Anti-virus and anti-spyware applications basically have two main functions:

o Scanning and removing malware that is installed on the computer before they were installed
o Constantly monitoring the status and offering real-time protection against threats that might exist on
external hard disk drives, flash drives or may get downloaded from the internet.

Keep the registry clean

The registry in Windows is a centralized database that contains configuration settings related to hardware and software on your computer. Anything you do with your computer leaves an imprint on the registry. Over time, some of these entries lose their links and associations and become redundant. Also some programs might not uninstall correctly leaving their registry entry behind. All these obsolete registry entries create unnecessary clutter and hamper performance of the system.

It is therefore, advised that a good reputed registry cleaner is used to clean the registry once in a while. However, choosing a registry cleaner must be done with some caution because if the cleaner is not compatible with your Windows or makes incorrect changes, damage done might be irreversible. It is best that you opt for a registry tool that provides automatic backup feature. This way if anything goes wrong with the fixes, you have an option to revert back to your old registry.

Defragmenting your hard disk

As more and more files are stored, the disk gets separated into fragments. Using a good Windows approved disk defragmenter once every two months help place files in contiguous locations and speed up the system.

Perform Disk Cleanup once in a while

Disk cleanup helps remove unnecessary temporary files and other files that occupy unnecessary space on your computer. You can easily clean your hard disk using the Disk Cleanup tool available in Windows. You must clean your hard disk at least once a month.

Remove cookies

These are imprints that websites you visit leave on your computer. Often, these might contain malicious code or code that may cause harm to your computer. So, it is best to remove these cookies as they are installed. You may also configure your web browser to prevent cookies from being saved on your computer.

It is important to keep your computer clean to get the best performance out of it. Use the tips given here to maintain a clean and high performance computer.