Top 5 Free Programs to Clean Up Your Computer

clean up1 Top 5 Free Programs to Clean Up Your ComputerMost of us don’t keep our computer as clean as it should be.  I’m not talking about the exterior (although I’m sure that could be cleaned as well).  I’m talking about cleaning up your hard drive and getting rid of all the unneeded junk that everyone accumulates over the years.  You might have anything from partial installs to some nice malware or spyware.  Either way, it slows you and your computer down.  The following programs will help you keep your computer clean and running fast.


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10.5 gigs of fragmented files, I’m glad I wrote this article.  Defraggler is an application that will replace the default Windows defragging options.  Defraggler is great, because it is extremely light weight and works much faster than defragging in Windows.  It also allows you to pick and choose the files you want to defrag.  This can make defragging painless and much quicker.


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nCleaner is the Swiss Army Knife of this list.  It allows you to clean your system, find unneeded junk, tweak your settings and manage your startup.  In the past, I had a few programs that did all of the things that are included in this program, but I only need nCleaner now.  It’s extremely easy to use, because it is very clear about what settings are recommended and what settings are not.  Cleaning programs can often be intimidating or unclear about what they are changing, but nCleaner makes sure to be clear about the changes it is making on your computer.

AVG Free

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AVG Free is often regarded as the best free anti-virus software available.  It offers basic anti-virus and anti-spyware protection for your computer.  The protection is basic, but if you know your way around the Internet and know what to avoid, it should provide sufficient protection.

Spybot-Search & Destroy

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Spyware is a problem for most computer users, and the thought of something trying to collect as much personal information as possible from my computer is more than enough to scare me.  Spybot S&D is one of the best tools to remove all of that spyware and make your computer more private and run faster.

Ad-Aware 2008

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Ad-Aware does for malware what Spybot does for spyware.  It will clean up and remove any malicious software that the other programs may miss.  Ad-Aware rounds out my list of programs you need to get all of that stuff on your hard drive trying to slow you down.

Using all of these programs together will help keep your computer running fast for years to come.  Are there any other programs you use to clean up your computer?

(By) Kyle Judkins is a marker researcher, tech enthusiast, social media contributor and the owner of LostInTechnology.  If you want to connect, you can find me on Twitter.



  1. Ricardo Santos
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 11:31:00

    Is Ad-Aware free ?

    • Kyle Judkins
      Nov 01, 2011 @ 12:37:00

      There is a free version.

  2. FixCleaner Review
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 09:44:00

    I agree that Defraggler is a great alternative to
    the default Windows defragging options. It seems to work faster, while solving
    all the issues it should. Thanks for suggesting the nCleaner, I didn’t know of
    it before. I did some research on this program, and it seems like on of the
    most comprehensive system and application cleaner to have. It comes with over
    90 cleaning items, like Registry Cleaner, Tweak Manager, an advancedStartup Manager,
    a Junk Finder, a Free Space Shredder, a System Resource Monitor, a System
    Adviser. nCleaner also supports logging and statistics as well as advanced
    Scheduling. This is a respectable amount of features, considering it is for

    • melissa
      Dec 18, 2011 @ 15:44:00

      hi..maybe u can help me.. u seem pretty computer savvy! =) hehehe.. ok well i just got a refurbished laptop.(that is amazzzing btw) and i need a program to clean it up …i used to use advanced system care on my old laptop and i liked it. however ive heard its not good at all from people. at the moment i have mse on my laptop. BUT that doesnt do the cleaning thing…does it?? help me please

  3. Brashad Lewis
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 21:46:00

    Are any of these free?

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  5. Katrina
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 07:11:00

    i have that free avg and i can asure you that the built in pc cleaner does not work

    • arbankhan
      Feb 26, 2012 @ 01:27:00

      ok thangs

  6. UnbiasTruth
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 15:58:00

    SlimCleaner > Ccleaner (I Preferred) > nCleaner
    SuperAntiSpyware (with Spybot is a GREAT-Combo) > Malwarebytes > Spybot >  Ad-Aware 2008
    Avast (Free) or Avira (Free) > AVG (Free)
    Windows Default Defrag > Auslogics Disk Defrag > SmartDefrag > Defraggler
    NOTE: 3rd party Defrag can cause registry errors & or blue screens (rare).

  7. Jcoolness45
    May 06, 2012 @ 20:57:00

    Ccleaner should be added there

    • Safeplanet
      Jun 03, 2012 @ 04:20:00

      No one seems to have mentioned ‘Sweepi’ in the above comments – its worth a try as well.

  8. Theresa
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 07:53:00

    From what I am reading, I am getting the impression that by just installing an anti-virus program isn’t enough. It appears I also need to download a cleaner as well?? I have protection through my service provider, which is a prominent company in my area, but the anti virus protection is not free and has to be added. My computer has become EXTREMELY slow lately!! I am running Firefox..any suggestions?? Very helpful page…thank you to all you computer savvy people!!!

  9. cool
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 07:06:00

    I am using recently came soft cleaner which is strongly cleaning temp to cookies without any single word,becase i was using ccleaner,now soft cleaner stands on my pc,some power is there.