Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Comprehensive Guide to Cleaning Your PC

Before I start, I know there are billions of websites explaining how to clean your computer on the internet - however they usually only teach you one method, or try to get you to buy some "repair" program and can often turn out to be a scam. Also, this guide will be the compilation of the best methods I have discovered for cleaning a computer, but I don't guarantee it IS the best. If there is anything you would like to add on, feel free to do so in the comments. And this guide is written specifically for cleaning the PC (and not for a completely virus infected computer. That's a different topic altogether.)

Alright, let's get started.
1. You will want to delete all your extra and unnecessary programs, files, etc. (Should be very self explanatory.)
2. Download both CCleaner and Advanced SystemCare Pro

The links are from and I have verified that they are safe to use.

3. Activate Advanced SystemCare Pro by going on Youtube and searching for "Advanced SystemCare Pro Serial key" or the similar until you find a video that shows you how. Make sure you don't use one of the keys that require you to download a "keygen" or any file off the internet (those are most likely viruses)
Or you can use these keys - But I haven't verified if they are still functionable.

serials for advanced system care pro
name: DiG
Key: 1534-1534-1534-1534
Name: commentsthetruth
Name: commentsthetruth
disconnect from internet before you enter the key and activate your program.
4. Once you have activated the program and finished the setup, run CCleaner's fullscan and go into the ASCpro's tools area and run "disk cleanup" and "smart defrag". One of the tools requires an alternate download but it's safe. Then go back to ASCpro and hit the big button in the middle labeled "Care!" and click "ok" or "continue" (I forgot what the exact prompt was).

5. Make sure that you delete and clean up all the broken registries, etc. found in CCleaner (creating a backup restore point would be a good idea - it'll prompt you to do so). In Advanced System Care pro, make sure to hit the "Fix Problems" after the scan is done. The Smart Defrag should be self-explanatory, you just let it run, and Disk Cleanup should be also, you basically just hit "next", let it scan, and then hit "next", and hit "Back up and Delete". Or "delete permanently " if you're feeling brave.

That should be the end of it. Note* I would highly suggest changing the setting in Advanced System Care Pro so that it does not turn on at start up.

If you have any questions or things to add in - please don't hestitate to comment. I also don't mind constructive criticism, but please, no flaming.

- Comfy Pillow

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