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Click on the common Cleaner tab on the left of the screen. This section will clean, as stated, some of the more common files on your computer. Select the hard drives you wish to be cleaned and click on Scan.
A list of the issues will appear. Click on Clean to remove them. It will remove all shown junk files and free up the indicated disk space.
Once Cleanup is completed it will indicate the total amount of files and disk space recovered.
A list of the details can be viewed by clicking on he right arrow next to the check box. The screen below shows Windows System expanded.
Click on the Advanced Cleaner tab on the left of the screen. This screen shot has been reduced in size for viewing, but the bottom right hand side has a link called Advanced Settings.
This section details the types of files that will be scanned on the selected drives. You may add or delete types.
The scan results will be displayed indicating which junk files were found and you may select individual files to save or click the Clean button to run the default cleaning.
When the cleaning process is complete, the program will display the results and indicate that some files will not be deleted until the computer is rebooted. I would normally proceed with using the program and reboot when finished.
This area of the program addresses large unneeded files that you may or may not want to keep. Files like past Windows Installations, unused language files, wallpaper, etc. If you are running your operating system on a small Solid State Drive drive or if you are running out of space in general, this is a good area to help trim the fat. However, if you are running on a large hard drive the only real benefit of removing these files is preventing them from having to be scanned by antivirus and anti-malware programs as well as during searches.
You can always check it out to see what there is to delete. Click on the System Slimming tab to view the files. In the screenshot below, you can see that the program auto selected the files that I can remove and then listed those that I should only remove if I really needed more hard disk space.
To show the process, let’s delete the two checked items.
I think I will leave the Help files and Wallpaper. My hard drive is plenty big enough to handle them. That is it for System Cleaner. So far we have completed the first two items in the top menu. Let’s move over to System Tuneup.
This area also has four tabs available in the free version.
1) System Optimizer
We are going to start with the first one. Click on the System Optimizer tab. This area checks for unneeded start up items and system stability. Once this area has been optimized, it seldom has to be done again. If you have any items listed, click “Select All” on the bottom of the screen then on the Optimize button. The process is pretty quick. You will remain on the same screen and it will say Congratulations! All items have been optimized.
2) Disk Defrag
When a hard drive becomes fragmented, it can seriously affect the speed of your computer, providing the percentage of defragmentation is high enough. At what percentage should a hard drive be defragmented? Most non-SSD hard drives don’t see an appreciable improvement if it is in the single digits. However, once you start getting 10 percent or higher, you probably should defragment. Anything around 35 or more percent definitely needs it.
The first thing you want to do is click on the down arrow on the green Defragment button. Select “Analyze”. If your hard drives are within the percentages noted above just leave them alone. In the image below I have defragmented all the drives to show the results.
3) Registry Defrag
Once again if you are not experiencing serious problems on your computer, or if your registry is not seriously defragmented, I would leave the Registry Defrag Alone. You may however run the Analyzer to see what condition it is in. In the image below you can see that my optimization rate is 1.30% and it states to ‘defragment next time’. If you have your regular windows settings to auto-defrag, you should not see a problem in this area.
4) Startup Manager
Click on the Startup Manager tab. You will notice that there are three tabs below the top header, “Startup”, “Services” and “Records”. Only the first two are available for the free versions. This section give you a view of the programs and services that are scheduled to startup when you boot and sign into your computer.
If you feel you have a program that you do not want to run during the startup process you may simply click the green sliders under the “Operation” column to off and it will not start during the next boot up. Note: This does not delete it from your computer, it only stops it from auto starting, you can always start them during you windows session. Clicking on the Services tab will give you the same option. You might want to check “Hide all Microsoft services” to get a shorter view of the third party processes auto starting on your machine.
This section of the program opens on the first tab which is only available for the paid versions of the program. Click on the Disk Eraser tab to view something we can do.