Steps taken for a clean PC

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  1. Posts : 108
    windows 10 pro
       #1

    Steps taken for a clean PC


    Hi Guys, I was just wondering what steps you take to keep your PC's running smooth, fast, virus and malware free whether it is on a daily, weekly, monthly to yearly basis. Please write done all steps even if it is from command line or software.

    I greatly appreciate it.

    thx
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  2. Posts : 17,371
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    I set my browsers to delete temporary internet files when they close. I run CCleaner about once a week to remove other temporary files. I also use Firefox browser almost exclusively with adblock plugin installed and running.
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  3. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #3

    bruinator said:
    Hi Guys, I was just wondering what steps you take to keep your PC's running smooth, fast, virus and malware free whether it is on a daily, weekly, monthly to yearly basis. Please write done all steps even if it is from command line or software.

    I greatly appreciate it.

    thx
    - Run trusted programs from reputable sources, (and only ones you need)
    - Run High Performance Power, (turn off the most unnecessary processes)
    - Create clean System Images on a regular basis
    - Use your PC and Browsers with caution and common sense
    - Regular Maintenance on a regular basis
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  4. Posts : 2,818
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 21H1 (build 19043.1202)
       #4

    I have Ccleaner installed with active monitoring that cleans the disc.
    When for instant I close this forum it cleans the disc space for me and once a week it does a defrag and that keeps it running fast and no crashes or freezes
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  5. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
       #5

    Edwin said:
    - Run trusted programs from reputable sources, (and only ones you need)
    - Run High Performance Power, (turn off the most unnecessary processes)
    - Create clean System Images on a regular basis
    - Use your PC and Browsers with caution and common sense
    - Regular Maintenance on a regular basis
    +1 +1 +1 +1

    To : bruinator,
    You will find while surfing the web many sites advertising programs that will either Clean or Boost Performance of your computer.
    Most of them are "snake-oiled". Some are downright fake.
    Always post to a reliable forum such as ours and find out if those programs are reliable or even legit.
    Don't get coerced/persuaded into installing them.
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  6. Posts : 1,871
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #6

    Edwins recommend of creating system images has to be very very high on the list. Only this morning I 'needed' to experiment with 'what is out there on the web' as I wanted to burn a DVD from a BBC download. I found a program that seemed to do what was required, but it came with a catch... as they always do :) and which is no worry when you know trouble is ahead and can undo it all with a system image.

    The posts above all make good points... however deleting temp files automatically when closing my browser is something I used to do but sadly that option does not appear to be available with Edge (W10's new browser).

    For several years now, I've found that Windows own tools do a pretty good job of keeping everything in good order if used correctly. I might be in a minority here but I don't use CCleaner. Yes its comprehensive but its easy to start deleting things that just might cause a problem down the line. And I would never suggest using its registry cleaning option, its neither needed nor smart enough to know that some of keys it deletes aren't in fact required for obscure processes.
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  7. Posts : 17,371
    Windows 11 Pro
       #7

    Mooly said:
    And I would never suggest using its registry cleaning option, its neither needed nor smart enough to know that some of keys it deletes aren't in fact required for obscure processes.
    After every install/upgrade of Windows, I run CCleaner's registry cleaning option. Maybe it isn't necessary, but it's always deleted over 100 entries that just don't point to anything and it has never had an adverse affect on my systems.
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  8. Posts : 8,700
    Mac OS Catalina
       #8

    Nothing at all. Windows Defender is running, and not going to risky websites in Chrome with the proper extensions used. Other than that, I have never had to deal with problems with cleaning crud out off of any Windows machines that I manage.
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  9. Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #9

    Common sense is usually a good ingredient, as well as the "leave it alone" mindset. Recent Windows versions don't need to be tweaked or highly customized for best performance. CCleaner is great to run for temp files and also have doing software removals. Keep drivers updated, OS updated, and don't install a bunch of crap you don't need. I also don't like many things running at boot, so unless it is necessary, I shut down a lot of apps running in the background, like Adobe and Java auto-updaters, etc.
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  10. Posts : 169
    Windows 10
       #10

    I would say that Windows' native tools have become decent in Windows 7, good in Windows 8.1 and very good in Windows 10. At least my need for third party tools have become less and less, which is what I prefer myself too, believing that Microsoft knows best what is best for Windows.

    Just to illustrate how good Windows' native tools are in Windows 10: my hobby computer had random freezes from accumulated junk from Technical Preview, Insider Preview, RTM, November update, etc. I did a 'Reset PC' last weekend, selecting the 'Remove everything' option (even removed the Microsoft account). My computer is now as clean as clean can be, and it is all done with Windows' native tools that came with Windows 10 inside the computer and nothing else, I was pleasantly surprised myself :) It made me think of a cat grooming itself

    Of course, careful use plays a very important role too, previous postings gave good advice.
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