Cleaning up the junk

JunkYard

Over the last couple of months my laptop has been slowly grinding to a halt. I posted a blog about small but useful tools that included a program called what’s in your startup. While this helped reduce the amount of applications loading up with windows, I wanted to clean up the rest of my laptop without having to do a full re-format. I had a hunt around the internet and found some good free applications.

Before installing anything please check with the application requirements. I use Windows 7 but am sure most will work with the Windows platform.

* Junk Yard picture from Flickr – by Mulo.

System Ninja

This application removes alot of junk stuff that other tools miss.A full feature list and the download link can be found over at thewebatom.net

System-Ninja

After running for the 1st time i was astonished at how much junk was discovered

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Find and remove empty directories

A small and useful tool that finds any directories buried on the file system that are empty.

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Check it out over at www.jonasjohn.de/lab/red.htm

CCleaner

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This cleanup tool is very popular.  If you’ve not heard of it before, where have you been?

Taken from www.piriform.com/ccleaner

CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.

 

PC Decrapifier

I love the name of this application. If you’ve just got a new computer then this tool is just for you. This gets rid off trial software, start-up items, and browser toolbars.

PCDecrapifier

www.pcdecrapifier.com

Revo uninstaller

As the title says it lets you get rid of unwanted programs. Very simple and powerful uninstaller.  There are 2 versions of this Freeware and professional.  You can see what each version can offer over at http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

Duplicate Cleanerduplicatefinder

If you’re like me then chances are you have files backed up everywhere. Disk space is precious may it be on your backup solution, bt vault, webserver, or locally.  This application helps you find duplicate photo’s, mp3’s, documents and other file formats.

Check it out over at www.digitalvolcano.co.uk

Slim Cleaner

Currently in public beta. The website doesn’t give much away but this application is powered by the community and uses cloud computing to get recommendations. Lots of features bundled in like cleaning options for windows and browsers along with an uninstaller and a file shredder.

Remember this is in public beta.

www.slimcleaner.com

Auslogics Registry

Along with browsers and your operating system creating temporary files that can cause slow downs, having a registry full of bad entries can also have a negative effect on performance.

This application is so simple to use, is a matter of 2 clicks.

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http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/registry-cleaner/