How to clean up your PC without formatting

Introduction

How to clean up PC without formatting: We can do few simple things as an alternative to formatting, thus sparing the effort (in addition to time and money) needed to save backup copies of all-important data, reinstall the operating system and all the programs. In this guide, we will learn how to clean up your PC without formatting.

Remove Programs

Surely, to clean up your PC the first thing to do is to remove obsolete programs, those who no longer use, and then clean up the start menu, temporary files and registry keys. The free software that allows us to do all these things is CCleaner. Once installed, run it. In the left menu click on “Tools” and then “Uninstall.” it will display the list of all programs on your PC and you can choose to remove those that do not need them and do not use anymore. Then, under “Uninstall”, click “Start”: here you will find all the programs that automatically start at system startup and you can disable the programs you do not want to start at boot time.

Viruses

Subsequently, a ‘next step is to determine the presence of viruses, Trojans, and malware that may have infected your PC slowing it down and exposing us to security risks. To do this we can use a free antivirus; the most used are Avast, AVG, Avira, Panda, etc. We do a full system scan, and when threats are found make them remove or put in quarantine. Another free software that you can use for the specific removal of malware is Malwarebytes or Anti-Malware. Do a full scan even with this program to be sure to find and eliminate any possible threat from your PC.

Defragmentation

Next, in the left menu go to “cleaning” and select what you want is delete by cleaning as you can choose the browsing histories stored by browsers, temporary files, recycle bin files, etc. Once you have selected your things to delete click “analyze” and then “Start cleaning”. Finally, in the left menu click on “registry”, then on “find issues”. Registry issues present on your PC will be found and displayed, and you can correct them by clicking “Fix selected”. The last thing to do is disk defragmentation, for which we can use the Windows integrated functionality Defragment and Optimize Drives, we go to Control Panel – System – Administrative Tools – defragmentation and optimizes drives.