We spend so much time on our computers, downloading things, uploading things, watching videos, sending and receiving emails, that it is inevitable that our computers end up with a lot of things on there that we don't want or need and can slow us down.
At Powernet, our computers and our clients computers are maintained by automated cleaning tools, but there is a lot you can do for yourself, and for free.
We recommend downloading these tools while you're cleaning your computer and then removing them when you're finished, it is not recommended to keep these free tools on your computer. This keeps your computer free from 'bloatware' and also ensures you have the latest version of the tools every time you use them.
You could create a favorites folder in your browser and save the links there so each time you run computer maintenance you have all the download links in one place.
- Windows Disk Cleanup
- Windows Updates
For Windows users, Disk Cleanup is already on your computer. Simple open the start menu, type disk cleanup and open the app. Select everything you want to remove (it's safe to select everything here), and click ok.
The Disk Cleanup tool will go through each of the selected areas and remove all the unnecessary files.
A basic but important step in keeping your computer running at optimal speed and safe. Open up the start menu and type 'Windows Update', then open the application. We recommend checking in here every week to make sure you have the latest updates installed at all times.
Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It’s not a substitute for a full antivirus, it is a specialised tool that helps when dealing with infected system. If you don't think you have an infection on your computer it is still worth running this tool as often, viruses go undetected.
Barracuda's Office 365 Free Mailbox Scan
This malware scanner is one of the best free antimalware tools out there, just make sure you keep the software updated by checking the 'update' tab before each scan, this ensures it detects the latest malware strains for you. There is a free and paid version, start out with the free version, it should do the job for you.
SuperAntiSpyware is a great tool for keeping spyware tracking cookies in check. It does as the name suggests, removes spyware from your computer which can effect its speed. Tracking cookies collect different things but generally it is about tracking what you're doing online, and selling that data off, so removing them is an important step in maintaining your privacy online. The free version is good and will suffice for most jobs.