Editors note: My wonderful Hubby has generously offered to write a guest column appropriately named Fix It Friday. Hubby will be discussing ways to make your PC run faster and smoother with CCleaner, as well as answering any questions you might have for him in the future. Please feel free to leave him a comment here with any questions or topic suggestions!
So your having computer issues?What seems to be the problem? If your windows PC is running slow, try cleaning out your junk files with CCleaner.
CCleaner safely removes files that you don’t need that can slow your computer down.
- Download CCleaner.
- Save the ccsetup file & install.
- Close all Internet Explorer & Firefox windows.
- Open CCleaner & click Run Cleaner.
- Once cleaning is complete, click Registry.
- Click Scan for Issues & once scanning is complete, select Fix selected issues.
- When prompted “Do you want to backup changes to the registry?”, select Yes and save the date/time stamped .reg file in case you want to later restore the invalid registry settings you are about to remove.
- Once the reg file has been saved, click Fix All Selected Issues and OK on “Are you sure you want to Fix all selected Issues?”
- Once the issues are fixed, click Close.
Let’s check to see what is installed on the PC and what starts when the computer is booted up.
- Open CCleaner and select Tools.
- With the Uninstall tab marked, the installed programs are shown. Now would be a good time to uninstall programs you don’t need or haven’t used in quite some time. If you have ever attempted to remove a program by simply deleting the installation folder instead of running the uninstaller, chances are the program name is still listed in Windows Add/Remove programs list and you have not been able to remove it.
- Within CCleaner you would select the item to uninstall and select Run Uninstaller. If an error occurs, simply select Delete Entry.
The PC will also run slowly if too many programs launch when the computer is started.
- To check your start-up programs select Tools, then Startup. Many important files can run at Startup, so it is important not to delete anything without knowing what it is first. Your PC may have Startup processes relating to the touchpad, webcam, audio, etc.
- Select a Startup entry to be removed & click Delete to remove the Startup item.
- Disable can be used instead so that the entry is not permanently removed.
A few programs examples that can be deleted:
MSN Messenger, My Space Messenger, AOL, AIM, Java (or JRE) Updates, Quicktime, etc.
Once you are satisfied with the cleanup job, reboot the PC.
If you have a question about a specific item to disable on startup, feel free to leave a comment.
When you log back in, run CCleaner again in Cleaner Mode & then run through the Registry Cleanup again. More files/registry entries should be removed if any programs were uninstalled.
Make sure to backup the .reg file again for safe keeping.