Quick Tip Tuesday: Computer Running Slowly?

10.22.2013

Dejected man laying on laptop

Ugh. The worst feeling in the world. A computer that is running slowly. There are probably a thousand different reasons as to why computer tend to run slow, or even for that matter just do not want to work. One major reason has to do with what are called TEMP files (or .tmp - temporary files). These are files created to temporarily contain information while a new file is being made. They serve no purpose on your computer once they are used and after a long period of time, your computer can get bogged down with them.

There are many different types of tools that can be used in order to clean your computer of these files. Windows even goes to lengths to include there own tool. While some of these tools work and do an OK job of cleaning out these files, in my personal opinion the best tool out there is CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner). Coming in both free and paid versions (I've used the free version for somewhere around 8 years) this program does just about everything, from cleaning out your temp files, to cleaning your registry, to even keeping programs from running at start up. Today, we'll just go over the basics of cleaning out your temp files.

 

How To Run CCleaner!

  1. Download from the link provided (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard)
  2. Run the executable and install the program
  3. CCleaner will default to opening to the tool that we want to use (Cleaner)
  4. In the bottom of the box, you will see a button that says "Analyze." Click that (this may take some time to scan all of the temp files on your computer)
  5. Once the program has analyzed your computer, it will provide you with information on how much data it will delete (Don't worry! As stated before, this data is useless)
  6. After glancing over the data that is to be removed, go ahead and click "Run Cleaner."
  7. Done!

While CCleaner does offer other tools that you can use to improve the performance of your machine, it is not recommended to run them without first consulting a manual and understanding how, and what, each tool is doing. For more information on this go here (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/tour) and select the section that you wish to learn more about.

This article was compiled by Blake Stegemiller

As always, if you have questions, just comment below! 

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