Computers need regular maintenance in order to perform at their best and keeping your computer clean is very important. This prevents your system from program crashes, slow performance, system freeze and many other unexpected problems. There are few things you can do once in every month to make sure that you get optimum performance from your computer.
Removal of unwanted files
There are some files that accumulate in your computer without your knowledge. They are Windows temporary files, Temporary Internet Files, History Files and Cookies.
1. Windows temporary files
The Windows temporary files are stored in a directory C:\Windows\Temp. Windows creates temporary files whenever you install new programs to your computer. Although, it is set to be deleted once program ends but sometimes these files are not deleted.
2. Temporary Internet Files
When you visit web pages on internet, they create new files onto your computer and are saved in Temporary Internet files folder.
3. History Files
This is the folder on your computer’s hard drive where a history of the web pages you visited is stored.
From Internet Explorer window, select Tools from the menu bar and click on Internet Options. You can delete temporary internet files, history files and cookies.
I recommend using a third party program CCleaner which will give you many more options, along with the ability to remove other unwanted files.
Recycle Bin: Always keep recycle bin empty.
Spyware, Ad-aware and Virus: Windows defender, Ad-aware and Norton Anti-Virus
Files on the hard drive tend to get moved around a fair bit when you use your computer, often resulting in files being fragmented. This causes your computer to slow down, and will increase wear & tear on the hard drive that may result into loss of data.
Scandisk or check disk (chkdsk)
Use this tool to check hard drive to check it it it has some problem.