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PC Clean Up Techniques

This is a guest post by David Ritchie about PC Clean Up techniques.Cleaning up your personal computer to get it running faster may take a little bit of time to really do it properly, but it will save you time by making your computer run more quickly and efficiently overall. There are various techniques you can use to boost the performance of your computer and get the clutter and cob webs out of your hard drive.

Computer clean up techniques vary and you don't have to do them all. Of course, it's recommended to do a major PC clean-up on a regular basis (perhaps two times a year), but a few techniques may suffice to keep your computer running at a decent speed. In particular, you will want to do defragmentation, spyware detection and elimination, and deletion of duplicate files.

Defragmentation of a computer's hard drive helps your computer run more efficiently by organizing the contents contained therein. Before defragmentation, your computer's hard drive likely has pieces and parts of files stored in multiple locations. Whenever you search for the file, your computer has to locate all of the pieces and reconfigure them, which takes time and hard drive resources. Defragmentation is like all the king's men putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. It gets your hard drive put back together in an orderly fashion that makes it more functional and efficient.

Find reputable software to scan for spyware on your computer and help you get rid of the stuff that it finds. Though you may be remarkably cautious about staying away from places where your computer could fall prey to spyware, it still happens from time to time that you'll end up inadvertently installing spyware on your computer. Scanning for spyware will help you protect your privacy while getting rid of software programs that are making your computer run more slowly. Indeed, a computer that is running slowly is a diagnostic sign indicating that there may be spyware present on the PC.

Finally, find software that will detect duplicate files on your hard drive. Duplicate files are just taking up unnecessary space on your computer, bogging it down. Deleting duplicate files can give your computer more wiggle room as far as hard drive resources, which should make your computer run faster.

Using PC clean-up techniques to keep your computer in fine working order is important if you plan to use your computer for a long period of time without replacing it. Cleaning up your PC can help diminish the wear and tear on your computer over time and increase the likelihood that your computer will last for many years.


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