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Do-It-Yourself Computer Maintenance For Windows

Many companies want to sell you something you may already have (or may get for free), but may not even know about. Have you looked through what is available in Windows for routine maintenance? 

Here are some things you can do today (or right now) to help keep your Windows operating system running smoother and with fewer glitches. You can find the best solution for regular maintenance of computers online.

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1. Disk Cleanup- Windows has a built-in program to help remove unneeded files. When you go online, your computer stores copies of web pages you visit. Various other temporary pages are created when you're online (also, some when you're offline).

Over time these files accumulate and take up space on the hard drive that you may reclaim. This program finds them and other temporary files so you may delete them.

To use it, go to- Start-> All Programs->accessories->system tools->disk cleanup Click on 'disk cleanup' and follow the screens. It's a bit slow, so be patient. On the last screen, you may choose which actions to take.

2. Antivirus and Spyware- Viruses are mini-programs that can damage your computer and spread to other computers in your network. Spyware is software that is downloaded to your computer by sneaky people that may then use that software to spy on your activities.

There is a free download called 'windows defender' on the Microsoft website which handles anti-virus and anti-spyware chores. Just go to the site and search for 'windows defender.