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     Personal Computer Clean Up for Windows XP
                                                   
 Redacted by Richard Rossbauer                      

If your computer is sluggish, if it periodically needs to be rebooted or doesn’t boot up as quickly as it used to, it may just need a good PC CleanUp treatment.

What happens if you don’t give your vehicle regular oil changes?
 
What kind of results can you expect if you don’t ever change the spark plugs on your lawn mower? How do you think your computer will run if you don’t perform regular maintenance on it? The answer in all cases is: It won’t run very well.

The following instructions will give you a step by step guide on how to ensure your PC continues to operate at its fullest potential. These instructions are relevant for machines running Windows XP and using Internet Explorer.

To begin your PC Cleanup, open up Internet Explorer. Next click on the word Tools up at the top of your screen. Once open, click Internet Options. In the middle of that box you’ll see a section called Temporary Internet Files. Click the Delete Files button. Click the box Delete Offline Content, too, then OK. Once that is done, click the Delete Cookies button within the Temporary Internet Files section. Click OK there too.

Next click the Settings button. Check for newer versions of stored pages should be clicked to Automatically if it isn’t already. Change the Amount of Disk Space to use to 8MB. Click OK twice.

Next go to and click the green Start button in the very lower left corner of your screen. Click My Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Check Disk Clean up. Use offline content or anything else it asks. It will take a few moments while it's checking how much space it can clean up. When you get the new pop-up window, make sure there are checks in every box. Click OK            

Finish your PC Cleanup treatment with a Spyware check up
 

After running Disk Clean up, go to Ad-Aware, update and run the program. If you don’t have Ad-Aware SE Personal, it’s a free very comprehensive spyware removal tool and it's remarkably simple to use. You can download it through Lavasoft http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/   Highly recommended. After running
Ad-Aware, reboot your computer.

You should perform the above maintenance about once a week, or even more often if you spend a lot of time surfing online. Then, on an as-needed basis, run Disk Defrag, which you can find in Start, My Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defrag.

By following the above simple PC Cleanup steps you should notice a marked improvement in your computer's performance!

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