Part 1 – Beginners Steps (Clear Up, Clean Up!)
If you have a new PC or laptop, it can be very tempting to jump straight in and start working, gaming and surfing. Well before you do, it is definitely worth optimizing the various settings, cleaning it up and checking for ‘bloatware’.
Bloatware is the name for all the extra programs that come pre-installed on your brand new computer. These can slow down performance, take up valuable disk space and create unwanted clutter.
Why is there so much stuff on my new PC?
Believe it or not, all this bloatware on your new machine is actually a good thing. Third party vendors, such as a Microsoft or eBay pay hardware manufacturers to include trial software of their products, thus greatly reducing the cost.
However, soon enough the free trials will expire and you’ll start receiving prompts asking to activate or buy products that you likely don’t want or need. While this stuff made your PC more affordable, there’s no reason to put up with it forever.
Over three weeks, this guide will show you some great tips that will help all users, from beginners to experts, free their machines from clutter and squeeze out optimum performance including:
- Removing shortcuts and desktop clutter
- Preinstalled trialware
- Managing Startup items
- Countless balloon tips and messages
- Controlling performance and DPC hogs
In part one of this series will show beginners three simple steps to optimize a new computer.
# 1 – Get rid of annoying shortcuts
The quickest way to remove clutter on a new machine, removing desktop shortcuts is a simple procedure.
Go through all the shortcuts on your desktop that you don’t need and simply delete them.
It’s important to remember that deleting desktop shortcuts in this manner does not uninstall the program. There will still be a way of locating, running and removing apps once a desktop shortcut has been removed.
#2 – Uninstall Unwanted Programs
Now that you’ve cleared up your desktop, it’s time to take a look at what has been installed on your machine. This can be done through the control panel or easily through AVG PC TuneUp.
AVG PC TuneUp shows you exactly which programs are installed on your machine, how often they are used, when last they were used and how much space each one takes up.
- Within AVG PC TuneUp go to the ‘Optimize’ tab and select Uninstall Programs.
2. Click on the “Filter list” entry in the upper right. Here you can sort in a number of ways to make sure you’re removing the right programs.
Don’t need one? Hit the “Uninstall” button and follow the advice given on the screen.
#3 – Clean Up Your PC in Seconds
With all your unwanted programs removed, it’s now time to clean up leftover junk files from your PC and PC TuneUp has the perfect tool – Clean Up.
- In AVG PC TuneUp, open the “Clean Up” tab.
- AVG PC TuneUp now shows you all of the files that it considers junk and how much space can be recovered by removing them. For beginners I recommend sticking to the default preferences as removing certain things like “Old Restore Points” can have consequences later.
- When you’re happy, hit “Clean” to delete all unnecessary temporary files, restore points, caches, log files and backups.
These three steps are essential for keeping your PC in top shape. Next week, we’ll dive deeper into more advanced tips for getting rid of bloatware and optimizing your new PC. Stay tuned!
February 18, 2014