Over time your PC builds up an array of redundant programs, files and data within its storage. With the tools we’re about to recommend we’re going to show you how to remove these issues that can slow down the performance of your PC.

We’re also going to recommend some tools that ensure you have all the latest drivers installed and other that help you dispose of sensitive personal information properly.

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CCleaner

CCleaner

One of the most recommended apps for this task is known as CCleaner.

This program examines your PC for any redundant, duplicated, broken or corrupted files and removes them with the click of a mouse. It will also automatically remove cookies and browsing data if you should so desire.

You can head on over to CCleaner’s website just here to download it for free.

Should I Remove It?

Should I Remove It?

Even the most experienced PC user will occasionally come across a program or file on their PC that they don’t know the purpose of. Should I Remove It is a great bit of software that looks at the programs installed on your PC and tells you what they do, giving you information with which you can make a more informed choice on whether to remove the program or not.

You can head on over to the Should I Remove It website and download the app for free.

EF StartUp Manager

EfStartupManager

Windows will automatically start programs when your PC turns on. If you have a lot of programs set to run upon startup this could dramatically increase the amount of time it takes your PC to power up.

EF StartUp Manager lets you know which programs will automatically run when your PC starts and will manage the process in a more efficient way to get you up and running sooner.

Regseeker

Regseeker

The registry is the root of your computer’s software operations. You can access it yourself, but it’s kept hidden away so people don’t go poking around in there by mistake which can cause dire consequences to your machine.

If you do need to access the registry for any reason the please make sure you back it up first.

Regseeker examines your registry and removes any unneeded entries or errors from previous programs that left behind entries when they were uninstalled, or even from current programs that have become corrupted or broken.

You can download Regseeker from its website here.

Secure Eraser

SecureEraser

Secure Eraser provides an alternative to your Recycle Bin, removing files and information in a way that ensures it can’t be recovered.

If you deal with sensitive data often or want to make sure that any personal information you want to remove is unrecoverable then Secure Eraser is the perfect tool.

Update Star

UpdateStar

Update Star helps ensure that all the software you’re running on your PC stays up to date. It’s a great little tool that reminds you of updates to your software all in one place and keeps your drivers ready to go.

You can take a look at Update Star on its website here.

The original version of this article comes from our German colleagues over on www.pcwelt.de.