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Old 06-12-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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computer is slow and we want to clean it out........any idea of good programs to use......preferably free if possible.......thanks
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Ccleaner

Search this forum for references to it, directions for using it and how it works. I'm not going to restate the same things that can be found with a search. Use it, you'll be happy with the results.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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You should also do your basic disk cleanup and defrag of your C drive.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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As Tek_Freek said, CCLeaner works great. While your at the site downloading CCLeaner, download Defraggler as well. Run it after cleaning and your machine should be noticeably quicker.

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Old 06-12-2012, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I say CCleaner too.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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Appetizer:
- Compressed Air to clean the garbage inside the case, mainly if there is any dust build up on the fans.
Main Entry:
- Ccleaner to clean the garbage on the disk (free version is on the left)
- Checkdisk (Error-checking) to clean the cross-links (My Computer > Right-click a drive > Properties > Tools > Error-checking or START > RUN > chkdsk c: /f > OK, press Y for yes so it will run on next boot-up)
- Disk defrag (I like the free AusLogics Diskdefrag)

Dessert:
- Startup clean-up (Autoruns or Ccleaner's Tools > Startup)

I have more info on Autoruns and CCleaner here if you are interested.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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CCleaner is the best thing I have found. You can also adjust the settings on it so that you don't lose cookies to websites you visit often (like city data), saved Flash game data, etc.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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CCleaner is the best thing I have found. You can also adjust the settings on it so that you don't lose cookies to websites you visit often (like city data), saved Flash game data, etc.
There is actually another called FCleaner which is quite similar but I like the standalone, simple yet effective approach of ATF-Cleaner and CleanAfterMe.

On a side note, I have seen them all fail to do a complete cleanup in case of corrupt user profiles or active malware infections (hence need to using them after booting in Safe Mode for a more thorough cleanup job).

Even on healthy multi-user systems, I have seen CCleaner fail to do a 100% cleanup for other user profiles where ATF-Cleaner worked much better. I have seen that happen more than once on different systems.
Author of CCleaner is constantly working on it and coming up with updates and improvements. CCleaner Enhancer from what I can tell, is an overkill for the most part and seriously doubt most anyone will need to use it, at least on a daily basis.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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What do you mean by "computer is slow"? What activities, in particular, are performing slowly? Are there particular programs that are not performing? Web browsing? Boot time?
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:55 AM
 
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I am required to run windows, for certain things unfortunately, but I speed it up by reinstalling every 6 months - 1 year. You might want to try that.
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