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Oct 12
Last Updated on 09 October 2012

Keep that Engine Running

With all the “surfing” that everyone does these days it’s very easy, and very common, to forget that our computer is a machine and like most machines they need a tune-up every once in a while. “Oh, I don’t know enough about computers…..what if I break it…it’s running fine”, sound familiar? Most people don’t realize that your PC can slow down very very gradually over time, usually this happens over such a long stretch of time that we don’t realize that our PC might actually be running half as fast as it did when we first started using it.

 

So, the bad news is that you do need to clean your PC every once in a while….the good news is that its very easy….. Were you worried for a second? 🙂

 

We could go really in-depth with multiple things to optimize and change but we want something simple, easy, and “one click and it’s done”. What I am going to recommend unfortunately will be more than 1 click…it will be about 3 (give or take, we do always have to tell windows about 5-6 times that we are sure we want to do something…YAY security). Ok, all you really need to do is run these 2 programs. (click on name to download)

 

1.Malewarebytes

2.CCleaner

 

After these programs are installed (be careful that when you install these programs that it doesn’t install a “google toolbar” or some other trial or advertised program) we will start with running Malewarebytes. Running the “quick scan” should be more than sufficient for our needs, after it finishes running you will click on “show results” and then “remove selected” which will clear out any possible maleware issues. It might say it needs to restart after the cleaning which is fine.

 

Next we will run CCleaner ( remember to keep an eye out for installing additional toolbars and software…we don’t need them). There are 2 steps for cleaning with this program:

 

 1. Click “run cleaner” under the Cleaner tab (should start up in this view), also you can click “analyze” first if you’re worried that it might clean something you want to keep. In my experience though the software is very intelligent and only cleans what needs to be cleaned.

 

 2. Now click on the “registry” tab located on the left side of the box, click “scan for issues”, then “fix selected”…do a backup if you would like ( I never do and have never had an issue) then select “fix all selected issues” and we’re done.

 

After everything is installed you will only have to do the following the next time you want to clean:

 

1. Malwarebytes

                a. quick scan

                b. show results, then remove selected

 

2. CCleaner

                a. run cleaner

                b. scan for issues, then fix selected

                c. fix all selected issues

 

Ok, ok I know, its 5-6 clicks….still better than a very slow computer I think. I would recommend doing this 1-3 times a year.

 

Cheers

 

Cory Maples

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