What tools do you need to keep your Windows PC clean ?

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There are many tools available over the Internet. (Free or pay for purchases) But what tools are now finally useful to keep your Windows PC clean and secure.

There are 5 tools that you need for your PC:

1) A good program to clean up the registry in Windows.
2) A good program to remove software from your PC.
3) A good program that protects your PC against malware.
4) A program that cleanup your ram memory.
5) A good anti-virus program.

We will discuss these programs and explain why they deserve their objective.

1 CCleaner is a free program to remove residues remaining cookies, history, etc. on your PC. Here are two pillars that are very good. You have initially cleaner itself, which remove remains on your HDD, but what makes CCleaner best known, is the cleaning up of the registry in windows.

2 The built-in uninstaller of Windows is just a basic version that only removed a program. Register keys usually remain in the registry of windows that make your PC run slower and you do no longer need this keys. For that you can use the free program IObit uninstaller. Because uninstaller after removing a program, performs a powerful scanning and lagged behind registry keys and will remove them.

3 There are many programs that all claim to be “the best” to remove malware and stop incoming malware through the Internet or mail. I’ve had many of these free programs tested, but always came back to Malwarebytes anti-malware. You can use the free version, but here I recommend you to choose, for the paying premium version. The big advantage with the paid version is that you can set a scheduler when the program must perform a full scan of your PC.

4 Anyone familiar with Windows, know (or should know) that one of the major errors in windows is, that it does not release used RAM. Suppose you start a program, then that program is needed ram memory, which of course is normal. The major flaw in Windows, however once you close back some kind of program, the used RAM memory is not released until you restart the PC. For this problem, there are tools available. I have tried several and there are two that I can personally recommend. The first is CleanMem Pro, a paid version for $ 4.99 US Dollars. This tool works very well and quickly. If you prefer a free tool, you can use MenClean (memory cleaner).

5 What is a good anti-virus program? Opinions vary on this question very far apart. Personally I have nothing against the many free anti-virus programs, but if you want good service (support), then you would be better with a paid anti-virus program. Personally, I have the best experience with Norton Internet Security, because you can call their desk phone support and if you really have a problem, the help desk support even take over your PC remotely to solve the problem.

All my windows (total 8 PCs) are equipped with these tools and run 24/24 7/7 and I can say with a calm conscience that this is a wonderful feeling………
If you have any questions leave a message and I will give an answer.

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Johan Blomme

Johan blomme lives in Belgium and has over 25 years experience in the IT world of Windows. His native language is Dutch. His daily activities are solving PC problems. This is usually done by remote controll to the customer. Configuring networks and related problems are also one of the tasks. He also designs websites. For the design he uses WordPress. All reviews are based on his own experience or are based on his own trying out the software / hardware.

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2 Comments

  1. Networking, cabling, repair June 30, 2014 at 8:48 am

    A few things have to be mentioned here.

    1. If users don’t know exactly what the registry cleaner is doing than they should not be using it. The only time the entire registry is read completely top to bottom is upon booting of the computer Windows ME to Windows 7 (8 boots so fast I am not sure it reads the entire registry when it boots but I also don’t know if it does). If the registry cleaner changes 1 wrong item you computer may not turn back on. This is extremely important to understand. 99.9% of the time the only thing cleaning your registry does is assist with boot time.

    2. The latest version of MalwareBytes 06-30-14 protects against viruses, spyware, adware but is not a catch all program. Just like any of the others you can still get infected even if you use it.

    3. Memory releases are more of an issue for Windows 95 – Windows 7. Windows 8 now releases the memory back to the operating system even if you just simply minimize the program. It then reallocates that memory when you bring the program back up.

    4. Norton Internet Security?? Really?? I have never seen a single program slow down soooooo many PCs, crash the OS where you had to format and reinstall than Norton Internet Security. It also doesn’t play well most of the time with Malwarebytes. Sometimes it does. It doesn’t protect against malware like the FBI infections and Antivirus 201x. It doesn’t protect you against adware and spyware even though it claims it does. I completely disagree with this statement.

    5. An alternative to iobit is revo uninstaller. I am not sure which one is better.

    Wayne Leiser, CTO
    B2B IT Solutions/Spectacular Computer Repair
    http://www.scrfix.com

  2. patrick July 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    for anti virus software windows security essentials works fine and intergrates nicely

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