Today I would like to share you some techniques on cleaning and maintenance (the most used in the world) Windows operating system. The tips will be how to uninstall software installed without your permission, disabling software that start with the system, which antivirus is the best to use and the correct way to use it.
I will be returning these items mainly to help (and even laymen) IT professionals who are new in the business and who need to solve routine problems and keep the system running smoothly.
When I started in the business, I remember like it was yesterday the difficulty I had in getting information on how to correct possible errors in the system and what software to use for cleaning. Many of these tasks, inclusive, were made through the command prompt – all in the “arm”.
When you get a computer to do maintenance, the first step to do is check for an antivirus to help protect the operating system and installed software. As an IT professional, I’ve used many antivirus software to test its features and what else I adapted and gave me was best among the free Avast, which still use today in my clients. There are others who like Kaspersky, Avira and AVG, but here goes preference.
A program widely used for maintenance and cleaning of the system is Amigabit PowerBooster. There are some other cleaning programs, but Amigabit PowerBooster is more complete, with many options for cleaning unwanted files, deleting browser history and cookies, uninstall unwanted software, disable apps that start during installation and correct errors in records.
After being properly installed this software, go to maintenance. In my case, I like to start pc maintenance using Amigabit PowerBooster.
When running Amigabit PowerBooster (as Administrator), we first check the software that are installed and which are unnecessary, ie, those installed without our permission or awareness.
For this we will click on the Tools option (tools) and Uninstall (uninstall). We will then select the unwanted software, and then we’ll click Run Uninstaller (uninstall).
Finished uninstall software you do not want more and to those installed from other software (unwanted), we’ll go to the Startup (Boot) option to disable the software that start with OS. In my case, I do not like that certain software to make the automatic update at startup. Below, as an example, I select a Java update and click on Disable to disable this application startup. I’ll do that too with Adobe, not to check on their updates at system startup. Particularly, I like to check the update some applications manually. Another way to disable startup applications is to run the command msconfig and in startup programs tab, disable the unwanted.
After uninstall some programs and disable the startup, we click on the Cleaner option (cleaning) and click Analyze (Analyze) to check the “dirt” of the system and we can rule. This process of Amigabit PowerBooster is good because it optimizes the cleaning time rather than, for example, having to enter the browser and make the cleaning through your options.
When finished reviewing the system, we will repair what appears to be clean and how much space will be freed up. Just now click run Registry Cleaner to perform this cleanup.
After cleaning the system, we will make the correction of possible errors in records. For this we will click on Registry (Registry), and hit Scan for Issues to look for errors in the Windows registry.
Notice that when finished, will show all records that are in trouble and then we’ll click on Fix selected Issues to correct these records. The idea is to make the search for records in trouble more than once, because sometimes are records with problems that were not shown the first time.
Following screen will appear to confirm the repair records and show the amount of records to be repaired. So we will click Fix All Selected Issues to repair all the selected records.
As mentioned earlier, the ideal is to make this process of correction of records more than once to make sure it has corrected all records with problems.
After cleaning, I will run the Avast interface to scan the system. Usually the antivirus icon is in the tray (at the bottom right of the screen where the clock corner). Clicking the right mouse button on the antivirus icon, I will click Open avast (if you are using avast, of course).
First of all, do not forget to register your antivirus. Then we’ll click on the Scan option to choose the most appropriate option to scan the system. As I’m doing the first scan in the system, I will choose the full scanning and other occasions to keep the system safe and do routine maintenance, I can be doing the scanning fast.
After selecting the complete scanning system, we’ll click Start. The whole process takes a bit due scroll through all folders and files installed.
When finished, no threat found will be shown, otherwise the present exclusion options to recover the file or send it to quarantine. If you find and know that the file is a system, ideally send to Quarantine, if not, the user gets the option to delete or try to correct.
Do not forget also to check if the Windows firewall is enabled and system updates are as automatic!
Ready! The system is clean and secure momentarily. As there is daily interaction user / customer, we cannot state that the system will be completely safe forever, because the risks are always there is a mouse click.
Hope this helps. If you have other forms of cleanliness and safety, please leave your comment!
Hugs and see you soon.