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Do you really know what you are downloading
I would like for you to read this section first before you install and start running any type of PC Cleanup software.
Taking shortcuts to keeping your computer clean often times leads to more issues down the road.
Let me start off with software the claims to prevent unwanted software from being installed on your computer. The other day I cleaned up a PC manually because of a local shop that installed a Registry Locking program. It all worked as designed but it also locked out Windows Updates, Java Updates and the kicker was the Antivirus updates.
In short, the computer was locked in time and other software that needed up to access the registry and application to operate correctly were banned from doing so.
Did this clean up the computer? Technically the answer is No. Cleaning a computer has nothing to do with security lock downs and you have other options other than a program that locks it all without exceptions.
If you are running Windows Vista and above some of the $39.95 cleaners are just scripts setting up a scheduled task to run things already setup and running on your computer now.
One simple but little known fact is Defragmentation. Windows Vista, Windows 7 are setup to defrag once per week. Why would you purchase software that claims the same thing when you already own it?
Cleaning out unwanted software and removing registry entries not needed is a simple process but sometimes because of the way some software is installed it takes a little more effort.
I have a work station that has over 500 applications installed and often times I need to clear out some of the older software to make room for new software. When I click on “All Applications” the menus cover my 22 monitor completely. Does my old development system run slow? No, it runs at the same speed it did when it was new back in 2000. I just keep it clean and do it the old fashioned why. I read before installing software. I look at the path of the installation and look to see if the logs are showing just what I need to know if and when I remove the software.
This might sound like a daunting task for some and this is why many times cleaning up your PC requires a technician and requires time. You might have removed software the removed files your system needed for other applications. Now what do you do when your printer no longer works?
In the PC Clean up section I’ll be offering some reviews of software and some basics on how to really use them. Just because the software shows the software hasn’t be accessed in 2 years doesn’t mean the software is not being used. Then there are applications that run all the time that you might only use once every month. It’s all case by case and it starts by learning about the software you are installing. That includes your PC Cleanup software.
Think before you Click and Read! Download Hack.Exe and you’ll be calling me soon enough to do the old fashioned technical PC Cleanup.
Taking shortcuts when it comes to cleaning up your computers files, folders, registry, applications and software can and often will lead to problems down the road. Be sure you know what you are downloading before you click install.
Today we see more and more applications that claim to clean up your PC and make it faster. Really? You'll make my system faster? Like in more Ghz faster?
No, faster isn't the correct word to use when you are talking to someone that has a slow responding computer. You're not going to increase memory size with software nor will you make a processor work faster with software.
What you will be able to do with many of the applications you can run is clean up the junk you have collected over the years.
Registry cleaners are really good and when you know how to run the application they can speed up the response time of your computer.
Programs that defrag your hard drive are built in on MS Windows operating systems but some third party applications seem to work better.
Remove startup items from your start up menu are really the best way to make your computer more responsive. ( DO NOT REMOVE START UP ITEMS USING MSCONFIG! Selective Startup is not the work of a technician that knows how to clean up a PC.)
Technical Note: I will publish online the next time I find a technician charging a customer to leave their computer setup to run in “Selective Startup”. That is for troubleshooting only and it’s a lazy technician that thinks that’s how to fix a startup issue.
For customers that just got your computer repaired why don’t you check, click on start go to your run or search box and type the letters MSCONFIG then hit enter. On the General tab you’ll see Startup Selection. It should be set to Normal Startup. Anything else is not correct. (Microsoft TechNet has many articles about this topic.)
I'll be linking from this post to show you each item for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Now that I have your attention I'll be adding links to this post showing you how to manually do the things the applications you download do for you. After you learn how to manually do the editing feel free to download the applications you feel are best suited for you.
I use applications to clean out PCs because of the speed involved. But I feel it's best to learn the grassroots of how to clean your PC before you start using software that is allot more efficient at the job.
Also, I want to point out in each section software that I use. I haven't found a single software bundle that does it all. I haven't tried them all either so if you're a software developer send a note about your software and I'll test it out on a few machines.