How to Clean and Maintain your Computer

Here are basic steps to cleaning and maintaining your computer:

  1. Run the Windows Update. It is usually found on the Start menu. If it is not there, place the cursor on the Start menu, then click on "All Programs", then click on the "Accessories" and then "System Tools". This will direct you to the correct page.
  2. Configure Windows to automatically update. To open the system, place the cursor on the Start menu then click on the Control Panel, then look for "Performance and Maintenance" and click on "Systems." After that, click on the "Automatic updates" tab.
  3. Clear up the cookies. These are the crumbs that are left out on your computer after you browse a website. This process will clear out all the passwords for the websites you visited. Make sure that you know your password to these websites because you will be asked to type it in the moment you visit a website. Place the cursor on the Start menu and go to the Control Panel then click on the "Internet Options." Click on "Delete Cookies" on the second row down. After that, click on "Delete Temporary Files."
  4. To finish the Disk Cleanup, place the cursor on "Start" menu then click on "All Programs." After that, click on "Accessories" then "System Tools." Choose "Disk Cleanup" from the list displayed. Click on the "More Options" tab at the top most portion of the page and clean up all three by clicking on their tabs.
  5. Defragmenting your computer transfers all of your files to the proper location. You might also like to download a stand-alone defragmenter. They are small, fast and more powerful than the one that comes with Windows.
  6. Abolish spyware, malware, and adware. Utilize a search engine to look for a good anti-spyware program. This will direct you to a website to download the program. Download and install the software.
  7. Install an anti-virus program. There are a lot of free products available for personal utilization.
  8. Access "My Computer." After that, go to "Tools" at top portion then "Folder Options," View then click on the box beside "Show Hidden Files and Folders." Then go to "Local Disk," "Documents and Settings," "Your Account" and clear out everything in "My Recent Documents" and "Local Settings History." As well, clean out everything in the "Temporary Internet Files."

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