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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.

Update:

CCleaner

ccleaner_box Top 5 Free Programs to Clean Up Your ComputerCCleaner have greatly improved and now features perfect functionality for personal and business users alike. According to its developers, this computer cleaning software has been downloaded over 1 billion times. What we liked about this software is its functionality that allows the users to fix issues that might slow down their computers with just a few clicks. True, that there are native apps that come with Windows that can do most of these, but average users don’t know how to use these apps.
CCleaner comes with 4 sections: Cleaner, Registry, Tools and Options.

The Cleaner functionality looks for files and data that may affect how fast your computers work. This feature

Verdict: If you are looking for a program which allows you to manage your computer storage and resources in one place, CCleaner is it.

 

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.

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