what to use to make your pc run at its best

  chrisod 10:57 26 Jan 2014

hi is there one cleaner that can be used on its own to make your pc run at its best but it must be a free one...and make the pc fast? thanks

  alanrwood 11:02 26 Jan 2014

Try Ccleaner from www.piriform.com.

It is pretty good at clearing out junk and the Registry Cleaner is very gentle unlike most of the others that clean out things they shouldn't.

  chrisod 11:12 26 Jan 2014

use ccleaner just wondered if there was a one thanks for the reply...amy others worth a go that boost speed etc??

  nickf 11:48 26 Jan 2014

you could try Glary Utilities , I use this , no problems , and its free .

  chrisod 11:56 26 Jan 2014

can you post a link?

  spuds 12:34 26 Jan 2014

The problem is, that running a computer "at its best" is just down to basic regular maintenance and not just a 'one-click' miracle. There are also other things to be taken into consideration, like updates that might be required and downloaded.

Any particular program is personal choice, but a word of warning and that is a simple one of being careful, if you are not sure, because messing about can cause problems that might require more expert advice to unfold the damage done.

I use or have used a number of 'cleaners' like Wise Care 365, ToolWiz, Clary Utilities and the highly recommended CCleaner, which I find are more gentle on the computer, if used correctly. For any downloads, and free ones, then try Major Geeks or FileHippo, do not try CNET who might download a few problems if you don't take caution. Here's Major Geeks link for possible selection and choice click here

  Ian in Northampton 13:22 26 Jan 2014

For downloads of many commonly-required programs, I'd always check www.ninite.com first. Crap-free, always the latest version, self-installs while automatically saying 'no' to the stuff you don't want (e.g. Ask Jeeves toolbar).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:51 26 Jan 2014

PCs slow down for a number of reasons an no one utility will speed it up again

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware

Free Antivirus software Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in CCleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. see blackviper.com

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at 7">[click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. 7">Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

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