Below is the list of the main areas on your PC that need to be regularly cleaned and maintained:
Check for and uninstall any unwanted programs.
Temporary internet site files stored on your PC. Cookies: hold user information that facilitate/enhance use of certain sites, (e.g. passwords, shopping history), some sights can install cookies that are spyware (log your browsing history and upload it back to the site when you next visit). Temp files: Browsers often save downloaded internet data locally on your PC to speed up page loading/reloading, these files can build up over time.
Installed programs that automatically run when you start your PC, can include third-
A list of all Windows settings and hardware configurations. Also contains links and
settings information for all installed programs. With time, links and references
can become broken or obsolete significantly slowing start-
Service processes are part of the Windows Operating System and run in the background,
but some third-
Details of all PC hardware drivers and settings, generally not to be edited unless resolving serious driver issues.
Over time as files are created, edited and deleted, and programs installed and uninstalled, rather than Windows finding the next bit of free disk space to save newly created files, to optimise disk usage, it starts putting new files in the gaps left when old files were deleted, it even splits new files into several pieces to fit into available gaps. When opening these files, your hard disk has to jump all over the place to get all of the file data, slowing down file access and wearing out your hard drive. This can even happen to important system files. Defragmenting your hard disk takes all of the files on your hard disk, moves them, and rewrites them in one piece in easily accessible disk areas. You can also defragment your free space if you've had your hard disk for a long time as Windows may have created disk partitions for files that have now been deleted or moved.
General Maintenance (Cleanup Sequence)
Generally to be run every two to three months or after major changes to your PC.
Note: Start Spybot and CCleaner in administrator mode (right-
(registry cleaner, fixes/removes broken links, old entries etc.).
(small registry cleaner, checks a few things others don't)
(appears in tab on right side of screen if available).
After checking details, can untick processes you don't want to
(untick item tick-
Once sure process is not needed Export (save list to log), then
Note: if the process belongs to a program that you can open, it is better to check
first if that program offers a disable auto-
Hard Disk (Cleanup Sequence)
You should only need to defragment you hard disk once or twice a year depending on usage.
1) Run the general maintenance cleanup sequence to remove all temporary files and clean up your registry.
2) Run Windows Disk Cleaner (Control PanelSystem & SecurityAdministrative ToolsFree Up Disk Space). Check to see how many temporary Windows files there are. Click Ok to delete files.
3) Open Defraggler to defragment your hard disk. Select your main hard drive at the top of the window. Press the Analyse button to check how fragmented you disk is. Once analysed, ideally, if you have time to leave it for the day or overnight, run the full defrag. If your disk was heavily fragmented (over 20%), or it is still over 5% fragmented after running once, defragment again.
4) Run Defraggler to defragment the free disk space.
Windows Services Tools
Deep Analysis Tools