Delete Temporary Files
A remarkable number of temporary files are stored on your computer's primary disk every time you use your computer. Start your drive cleaning by deleting temporary internet files. Access this through the Tools & Options menu on your web browser.
Online clean-up software
An internet search for "PC cleaners" or "Clean files" will provide you with an array of software which can analyse your hard disk and delete unused files. Clean up tools like this range from free ware to expensive proprietary software, so make your decision carefully.
If you are using freeware, ensure that it has come from a reputable source, as malware and viruses are often disguised as Internet history removers.
Remove Unused Programs
Go through your Start menu or applications folders and take time to review exactly which programs you use. A good computer is not determined by the quantity of applications on it but the quality!
If you are going to remove programs, do not delete them from the folder, but run the proper uninstall software. This will help clean up registry entries an make for a much more efficient computer.
Removing all of these files plays havoc with the hard disk. Data will be spread all over the drive and as such, the read/write head will have to move further and more continuously to retrieve the information you need.
Run "Check disk" and "Defragment" to solve these problems
- "Check disk" will scan your computer for corrupt sectors before repairing them.
- "Defragment" is a free program supplied with your computer which groups together information so that your hard disk doesn't have to work as hard to retrieve it.
Use a driver eraser to completely reformat your hard disk. This will remove all data and effectively return the machine to its factory setting. If you choose to go down this route then make sure you back up your data!
Don't Stop There!
Now that your hard disk is clean, do a literal spring clean on the rest of your computer.
Use a PC vacuum to remove dust and try some specialist monitor cleaner or keyboard cleaners. A recent study shows that most computer keyboards harbour more bacteria than a toilet seat!
If you repeat this ritual every six months, your computer will run faster and be more hygienic!
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