My employees hated to hear those words from me but it became a standing joke at work. I would get a frantic call about a computer acting up and I pretty much knew that the computer hadn’t had any maintenance cleaning in a long time.
When I say a “clean computer” I’m not talking about physically clean – although, a good cleaning of the vents and even using canned air to clean dust out of the CPU isn’t a bad idea. What I’m mainly talking about is cleaning out cookies, cache, registry, old files, etc.
There are some great products that can help you maximize the performance of your computer by cleaning it out. Here are a few products that I use on a regular basis:
- CCleaner – a free program that will clean your registry, cookies, cache, temporary files, log files and even your recycle bin. I use it daily if I spent a lot of time surfing the web.
- >Malwarebytes – The name of the program pretty much tells the story. There is a free version that you can use to clean your computer of malware. I use it about once a week unless I notice a computer slow-down, then I use it as needed.
- SUPERAntiSpyware – Since no one program is capable of removing every threat, I also run this program at least once a week. It is capable of removing spyware, malware, adware, trojans, worms, dialers, hijackers, keyloggers and much more. There is a free version available.
- McAfee AntiVirus – There are many good anti-virus and firewall programs available. McAfee is the one that I prefer. It’s easy to use, you can purchase it at discounted prices on websites such as Buy.com, and it’s easy to install. One reason I use it is the website ShieldsUP!, a website that probes your computer for security issues, gives me this result: Your system has achieved a perfect “TruStealth” rating. Very nice. If you aren’t sure how good of a job your anti-virus and firewall programs are working, try checking it out at ShieldsUP!
- Run disk cleanup every couple of weeks. It can be found under your Accessories/System Tools.
- Defragment your computer at least every 6 months. Disk Defragmenter can be found under Accessories/System Tools.
If your computer Internet connection seems to be slow, look at the addons and extensions you have on your browser. Remove any that aren’t absolutely necessary. You can check your Internet speed here: Speakeasy Speed Test.
If you have a friend that has computer experience who can help you out when you have a problem, consider downloading and using TeamViewer. When both parties have TeamViewer on their computer it can be used to connect from one computer to another. I use it frequently to help family and friends. There is a secure password for each session so the person accessing your computer must talk to you to get the password to connect.
Most of us invest quite a bit of money and time in our computers. It’s important to do everything you can to keep it clean, safe and happy!