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Clean and Maintain your computer

CCleaner

As you surf the net, your browser stores files in your computer so the next time you visit a page, it will load faster. This is called the cache, and this cache keeps getting larger until eventually your surfing grinds to a halt. The cache should be emptied at least monthly, maybe even weekly, depending on how much time you spend on the web. There is a great free program called CCleaner that will take care of this for you. Download CCleaner here.

To install CCleaner:

If you don't know how to download, save, and install a program, go here.

CCleaner is a great program, but not perfect, as it wants to install some not needed junk, so when installing CCleaner, pay extra attention to the options, you don't need to install the Yahoo Toolbar, so when you see that option, uncheck it.If you don't deselect it, the Yahoo Toolbar will be installed. If you let the toolbar be installed and want to get rid of it, later, just uninstall the Yahoo Toolbar from the Control Panel.

CCleaner is also one of those programs that wants to update automatically. Before using the program, go to Options, then Settings, and uncheck the box "Automatically check for updates to CCleaner".

To run CCleaner:

NOTE: When cookies are deleted, all saved website passwords will be gone. You will need to re-enter these passwords, so make sure you’ve got them written down somewhere. Actually its best to never let your browser save any passwords.

  1. Open CCleaner. In the top left corner, click on Cleaner.

  2. In the lower right corner, click on Run Cleaner.

While your at it, you might as well have CCleaner clean the computer's registry:

  1. In the top left corner, click on Registry.

  2. In the lower right corner, click on Run Cleaner.

  3. In the lower part of the page, click on Scan for Issues.

  4. After the program finishes, click on Fix Selected Issues.

  5. When you are prompted to backup the Registry, choose Yes, and save the file in My Documents, or the folder of your choice.

  6. Once again, click on Fix Selected Issues, then OK.

  7. When the program finishes, click on Close.

Disk Defrag

To speed things up, reduce wear and tear on your hard drive, and make Windows more efficient, it is good to defragment the hard drive(s) once a month. There is a great free program available called Defraggler that does an excellent job of taking care of this, and it will shut the computer down when it's finished, so you can get it started, then go to bed. Download Defraggler here.

To install Defraggler:

If you don't know how to download, save, and install a program, go here.

Defraggler is a great program, but not perfect. When installing Defraggler, pay extra attention to the options, you don't need to install the Yahoo Toolbar, so when you see that option, uncheck it.If you don't deselect it, the Yahoo Toolbar will be installed. If you let the toolbar be installed and want to get rid of it, later, just uninstall the Yahoo Toolbar from the Control Panel.

Defraggler is also one of those programs that wants to update automatically. Before using the program, go to Settings, then Options, and uncheck the box "Automatically check for updates to Defraggler".

Windows 7 and Windows Vista are programmed to run their defragment programs automatically, in the background. For those who do not want to leave the computer running all the time, and for Windows XP users, Defraggler is what you want.

  1. Open Defraggler.

  2. Optional: Go to Settings and make sure Shut Down After Defrag is checked. If it is not, click on it to check it.

  3. Choose the (C :) drive, then click Defragment.

  4. Defragment any other drives, if applicable. It is not necessary to defragment a floppy or CD Drive, just the hard drives.

Note: It is best to run this program in Safe Mode. If you dont' know how to start your computer in Safe Mode, go here.

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