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How to Clean Your Computer

This article will show you a step by step process about How to clean up any Microsoft Windows PC. By doing these steps, you'll"clean up" your operating system and it will operate much better. A clean computer means faster, morestable computing experience.
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Regularly run"Windows Update" . This is on your Start menu. If it isn't, then click on "All Programs", then "Accessories", then "System Tools". This will take you to the proper page. Alternatively, try windowsupdate.microsoft.com (not necessary available with Windows Vista). It is very important that you install all available security related updates, Without updates, you are at the mercy of hackers. Always make sure that you have latest securityloophole covered. Other updates are less critical, but some are still recommended.
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Set Windows to UpdateAutomatically . Open System: click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System. Then click the Automatic Updates tab.
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–or–If you are running Windows 2000, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Automatic Updates . Under Automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them, select the day and time you wantWindows to install updates.
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Get Rid of Cookies . These are the little crumbs that are left behind on your computer after you visit a website. You canuse any good system & privacy cleaner such as Reginout etc for this. This step may wipe outpasswords for sites youvisit. Be sure you know your password to thesesites as you may be asked to enter it the next time you visit a site. Click on Start>Control Panel>Internet Options.The second row down will say Delete Cookies, click on that. Click on Delete Temporary file; when the little box comes up that says"delete offline," you don't have to click on that. Click on Delete temporary Files.
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Complete Disk Cleanup . After clicking on"Start", move your cursor on "All Programs", then up to"Accessories", then"System Tools". Click on"Disk Cleanup" from thelist that appears. Click the "More Options" tab at the top of the page, and select all three of the following:"Windows Components,""Installed Programs," and "System Restore". Clean up all three by clicking on their respective tabs. You may want to delete all but your most recent system restore point as you probably don't need the others.
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Defragment your computer . Defragmenting your computer moves all your files to where they are supposed to be. You may want to download an independent defragmenter (e.g. Defraggler by Piriform).It is small, concise, and more powerful, than the one distributed with Windows.
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Remove adware, malware, and spyware . Use a search engine tofind "Lavasoft AdAware2010". This will take you to a site to download the software. Download and install this program. You can also use " SpeedingUpMyPC ."/ " Spybot Search & Destroy ." All have easy-to-follow instructions. SUPERAnti-Spyware is yet another option. For malware, MBAM is yet another option.
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Install anti-virus software . There are free products available for personal use, such as AVG , Bitdefender and avast! Anti-Virus . You might also like to purchase such a product; the anti-virus market is fairly competitive, leading to many reasonably-priced products such as McAfee VirusScan , etc. Beware, Norton Antivirus slows down acomputer more than help take out viruses.
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Go to My Computer . Now go to tools at the top. Folder Options... View, then check the box "Show Hidden Filesand Folders" then go toLocal Disk, Documents& Settings, Your Account, and delete everything in: My Recent Documents, Local Settings History (Do not delete everything in local settings, just delete everything in the history folder of local settings) (and while in Local Settings) Delete everything in temporary internet files.
Remove unwanted programs by going to start, control panel, add/remove programs, then remove unwanted programs.
When your computeris running in ship-shape, then go to start, all programs,accessories, system tools, then system restore. Create a restore point, and when your computer is running poorly, restore it to the day.


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