Disk Cleanup, Scan Disk and Disk Defragmenter.
You may already know how to do this but just incase you don't I've included it. If you do this maintenance about every four to six weeks your computer should work efficiently. Close all programs. You should be offline before starting. If you are going to do all 3 steps below during the same session then do them in the order listed. Depending on your Windows operating system these instructions may vary a bit.
Important: You may find that your computer starts the Scan Disk and Disk Defrag over again while running them. If this happens then you should close all your applications EXCEPT Internet Explorer or Explorer. To do this;
If you are using Zone Alarm, right click the Zone Alarm icon on the bottom right of your screen, click Shutdown ZoneAlarm and proceed with the following.
Close all your programs or applications that you know are opened. Press the keys Control, Alt and Delete together. A Close Program dialogue box will open showing all your open programs or applications. Highlight each program by clicking on it and click End Task, EXCEPT Internet Explorer or Explorer. When you click End Task that program will be deleted from the list but another dialogue box may come up asking you to confirm that you want to close that application/program, so wait 10 seconds to see if the box comes up. If the box comes up click Yes or End Task. If the box doesn't come up you should be able to move your cursor over the icons on the bottom right of your computer and one icon should disappear. Do the same for all the programs EXCEPT Internet Explorer or Explorer. Once you have closed all the programs in the Close Programs dialogue box EXCEPT Internet Explorer or Explorer click Cancel to close the box. You will be able to run both Scan Disk and Disk Defrag without them trying to start over again now. After doing your computer maintenance you will have to restart or reboot your computer. All the necessary programs you closed will launch on reboot.
Step 1. Disk Cleanup (takes a couple minutes)
Step 2. Scan Disk (can take up to 3 to 4 hours)
Step 3. Disk Defragmenter (takes 30 minutes to an hour)
Clearing cookies, temps and temporary internet files.
You should follow the steps below to clear your computer of the added cookies, temps and temporary internet files. If you are low on hard drive space they may slow your computer down a bit. If you haven't done this before you may be surprised at the amount of cookies, temps and temporary internet files you have accumulated over time. These steps will only take a couple minutes once you've done it once or twice.
If you are using an Internet Explorer browser
If you are using a Mozilla Firefox browser (recommended)
If you are using a Netscape browser
Right click on the Start button and click Explore
Scroll down and click on Temporary Internet Files in left column
If you don't see Temporary Internet Files click the + sign beside Windows
The files and some folders will show in the right column
Delete all the files in all the folders (click the + signs)
Don't delete any folder
(index.dat may be in one of the folders, you won't be able to delete it)
(Edit-Select will make this a shorter process)
Then go to the Temp folder and do the same
(if you use Zone Alarm there will be a zlt temp you cannot delete, that's ok)
Then scroll up to the Recent folder and do the same (Recent might be empty)
Check the History folder (it should just have a file called today)
Check Cookies folder (it should just have a file called index.dat)
Then close the Explorer window, clear your recycle bin & reboot. You may find your computer works better.
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