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Top 5 Free Programs to Clean Up Your Computer

Most 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.

Defraggler

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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.

nCleaner

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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.

100 comments

  1. I use Defragglr, CCleanr and AVG for spyware I use Webroot Spysweeper, though the alternatives here look pretty good too.

  2. I’m pretty fond of CCleaner, but nCleaner might be something I’ll try out. The others are all pretty good. Nice list!

  3. Even though my computer needs to be cleaned up from time to time, I have to say that the #1 Security Trick is:

    LINUX!!!! (You knew this was coming :D).

    I dualboot, however, and I think that Ad-Aware and Defragglr are pretty good tools. However, another good trick is to prevent the viruses and malware to be prevented in the first place with Firefox.

    Not to make any IE fanboys scream on their blogs, but not only is Firefox more safe, customization (although IE has its own plugin system that isn’t as hyped). Also, Firefox makes CSS simpler to write; When writing CSS for a form to change colors when active to inactive, I required only bare CSS for it to work in Firefox, and Javascipt and CSS integration for IE.

    I hear Opera’s good too though.

  4. Or you could just use an OS that doesn’t required constant babysitting with resource draining nanny applications.
    Ubuntu is Free; free of cost, free to modify, and free of virus.

    • 1) ubuntu does NOT recognize my sound apps: sound recorder, volume controls, windows media player, etc

      2) I am more familiar with Windows 95, 98, 2000, 7 etc

      3) the person, who created Ubuntu, is a clown who writes defective programs that do NOT work right, hard to use and configure

  5. I also use DeFraggler and CCleaner. For the all purpose computer tweak and clean I use glaries Utilities, BUT I will say, I will have give nCleaner a try. It looks Like a great program. Thanks for the info.

  6. I personally use JKdefrag and CCleaner.

    I love CCleaner because it allows me to shread personal data ^_^

  7. Used nCleaner, must say it is a GREAT too offering stuff that others only offer for money. It is not for beginners.

  8. Universal Extractor(http://legroom.net/software/uniextract) is a pretty good tool to extract files from basic application installers. Pretty handy to have around if you don’t want to have to install anything, but just run it from a folder(thumb drive runs).

  9. @Everyone Thanks for the feedback! I am a going to check out some of the suggestions. Keep ‘em comin!

  10. Hey, Linux zealouts: I realize you need to preach your evangelism everywhere you go, but this blog entry is obviously for Windows people. There’s no need to spew your “Switch to Linux” stuff here. Go do it somewhere else.

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