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Computer Cleanup Part 2 – Getting Rid of Unused Programs and Files
By James Wise
posted April 13, 2009
TECH TIPS – Recently, we talked about how
to see where your computer’s disk space was going using a program
called WinDirStat. That is really helpful for files you’ve placed
your computer which must be manually removed if you don’t want them.
There are other files to consider as well though for computer cleanup
and deleting these unused files can also help speed up your computer.
To address these files, we’re going to talk about the free program
CCleaner. This program can also help with removing old programs you no
1) If you want to read up on the program, go to: http://www.ccleaner.com/. A
download link is located near the top of the page (or you can just go
to download the program directly).
2) Click on Download Latest Version located toward
the top right hand side of the page.
3) When prompted, run this file (or save it to your
hard drive and run it from there).
4) Choose your language (e.g. English) and click OK
5) Click Next
6) Review the license terms and click I Agree
7) Choose a directory (I generally just stay with the
default that comes up) and click Next
8) For Install Options, I normally leave everything
checked EXCEPT Add CCleaner Yahoo Toolbar and click Install
9) Click Finish
As you use your computer or browse the Internet, temporary files and
log files are created. This is a completely normal process but those
files can build up over time and aren’t always automatically deleted.
Other files call “cookies” are created when browsing the Internet.
These files generally make it easier for websites to remember
preferences but sometimes, you can have cookie files you don’t want
(related to advertising). Windows has a “disk cleanup” tool to address
files like this and Internet Explorer/Firefox also have tools for
removing unused files/cookies. However, CCleaner can do all of this and
more without having to use multiple tools.
Using CCleaner – For File
1) Close any open Internet Explorer/Firefox Windows
(otherwise CCleaner won’t be able to cleanup Internet related files).
2) Click on start, all programs, CCleaner, CCleaner.
3) On the left hand side of the program you can
choose what you want cleaned. I generally just go with the default (but
you can uncheck anything you don’t want cleaned) and click Run Cleaner
4) Click OK
5) The program will take a few minutes to run. When
it completes, you’ll see a log of what was done and at the top of this
log, you’ll see how much disk space was recovered.
I try out a lot of different programs on my computer. Sometimes, I like
them and use them frequently but not always. Generally if you install a
new version of a program, the new version will replace the old one but
that doesn’t always happen. So, I recommend checking your installed
programs from time to time and removing programs you NEVER use (or
older versions you never use). To do this, you can click on start,
control panel (or start, settings, control panel), add/remove programs.
However, you can also use CCleaner for this purpose.
Using CCleaner – To Remove
1) If you aren’t already running CCleaner, click on
start, all programs, CCleaner, CCleaner.
2) Click Tools
3) You will see a list of installed programs. If you
find a program you want to remove, click it and then click Run
Uninstaller. The screens you will see following this will depend on the
program you are removing but generally they should be self explanatory.
!!! Be sure to only remove program though which you no longer want to
run. If you think you might want to run them again, make sure that you
at least have the installation software before removing the program in
case you might want to install it again in the future. !!!
CCleaner also includes a registry cleaner. The Windows Registry is
basically a database of settings and options for Windows and programs
installed. It is a CRITICAL component of your Windows Computer. Over
time, there can be fragments of programs left behind or other registry
issues. Generally, this doesn’t create programs but these items could
slow your computer down or cause problems. You can use the CCleaner
Registry cleaner to correct these problems. Generally, I consider this
a more advanced step and so I haven’t covered it in detail within this
I didn’t make a video of this program because I figured it was easy to
use and that the instructions above would be sufficient. If you would
like a video though or more detailed instructions with screenshots,
please email me at email@example.com.
You can also checkout a video I found on youtube that someone else made
by going to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzBMzVd0H90
(note that this is an older version but the video is still okay
otherwise I think).
Do you have a tech question you would like answered or a program you
would like to recommend? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For computer questions, please include your operating system version
(e.g. Windows Vista) and sorry, but I don’t do Macs.
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