Empty The Recycle Bin And Lose The Temp Files
Now we know that the hard drive is running OK, it’s time to ditch the junk.
Empty your recycle bin. Get rid of all the temporary files that you don’t need and lazy programmers leave behind.
Just a word of caution:
If you use your computer on banking sites or other sites that require a password to log-in and your computer automatically enters your password, make sure that you know what that log-in and password is because the steps outlined here can cause your computer to “forget” those log-in details.
Got all your password info?
Great, let’s move on.
Go to “Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup”
Select the disk you want to clean from the drop down menu and click “OK”.
The system will gather some information and present you with a list of file locations that it can clean up for you.
If you highlight the location you can click on the “View Files” button to see what it has found.
Check the boxes for the locations you want to clean and click “OK”.
You will get a message asking if you are sure you want to do this, if you are sure than click “OK”
It’s surprising how much junk just gets left lying around isn’t it?
There is also a great utility program available for this called CrapCleaner, (now CCleaner) available from
One added bonus with CCleaner is that it has a great Registry Cleaner built in, you are going to need one of these later, so why not get it now?
When you run CCleaner you are presented with lots of check boxes where you can specify what you want to clean. Until you get practiced with CCleaner you should first
use the Analyze button which will allow you to see what CCleaner thinks it should remove, nothing will actually be deleted until you hit the Run Cleaner button.
Don’t forget to get all your password info first, once it’s gone, it’s probably gone for good.
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