The computer needs general cleaning after a few months of use and there are free downloadable programs that can help with this. Unusable or corrupt files, cookies, trashed items, memory, storage and more can slow down your PC. Before spending money buying new parts to upgrade the machine, it is worth testing to delete all this and give an overview of the files, which can greatly help to make the PC faster and more efficient everyday. One of the most popular software is CCleaner, which works in Portuguese and has a free version for download. But he's not the only one: Glary and Clean Master offer very interesting differentials. Check out the list of programs to clean your PC and make your computer faster.
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Free CCleaner is one of the most complete PC cleaning programs available on the market. The "free" version allows you to scan installed browsers and programs for caching, cookies and more information that only takes up space and PC speed. The procedure takes a few minutes (to perform cleaning and delete items). CCleaner even has the option to clean the registry on the machine, identifying file extensions, programs, fonts, obsolete programs and everything else that may be causing the machine to slow down.
CCleaner one of the most complete computer cleaning programs Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
In the tools, there is a browser plugin disk analyzer, you can manage the programs started with the system (and remove some of them to let the PC turn on faster), do system restore and device wipe – which can be used to the local or external disk. It is also possible to schedule a right day to perform the cleaning automatically. The program has portable version (without installing), for Windows and macOS.
Clean Master for PC is free to download and has an English interface. Its colorful layout displays a large "Scan" button, which simplifies usability. It scans installed browsers, programs, system requirements, Windows registry failures, and even looks for malware – or files that can be dangerous on the machine. At the end of analysis and cleaning, the clearance is displayed. The advantage is that Clean Master also offers an option to speed up PC speed, with a custom system scan for this function.
Clean Master offers PC accelerator and custom analysis Photo: Playback / Barbara Mannara
Another highlight is the analysis focused especially on privacy: thus the user is not at risk of having kept his camera, microphone or unprotected files, for example, or with access by improper programs or in the browser. Finally, the software allows you to remember the trash cleaning and privacy settings, from 1 day to 2 weeks. The program can be downloaded for free on Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10.
Glary Utilities is a program for specific PC software cleaning. With a quick download and installation, the free tool is available in Portuguese. Right on the first screen, it already displays the Windows boot time, ie how long it takes to turn on. Want to save time? The "1 Click Maintenance" tool lets you scan and clean items such as registry, repair shortcuts, find spyware, remove temporary files and optimize machine startup. In the other functions, there are also options for complete disk cleanup, repairing records and shortcuts, finding duplicate files and empty folders and even completely uninstalling programs you no longer use. Thus, in addition to speeding up the machine, the user still frees up a lot of storage space.
Glary focused on computer speed and optimization Photo: Playback / Barbara Mannara
Through the program, it is still possible to optimize memory, manage startup, use disk defragmenter, registry, driver manager and even software update. On the security side, there are items to remove Internet browsing traces, delete files and encrypt items. Finally, the user can understand how the disk is being used (which files are crowding the hard drive), find information about the PC, back up and even restore the system. The program is available for newer Windows computers.
PrivaZer works in Portuguese and offers practical cleaning on the computer. Within minutes you can scan to identify traces of old files, internet activity, cookies, messages, software usage, logs, Windows history, memory, temporary files, and more. Faults are indicated by red dots on a graph.
PrivaZer lets you do a full PC scan Photo: Playback / Barbara Mannara
The program allows you to create a security restore point before cleaning and even shut down the PC automatically at the end. Interestingly, the scan can be done on different HDS installed on the machine or even on external disks. The analysis time depends on the number of items on the PC. PrivaZer is free and available for Windows from XP to WIN10. It is also possible to download the portable version.
Available in Portuguese and with free version, AVG TuneUp is a tool from the same manufacturer as the popular antivirus, AVG. The ideal software to keep your computer running smoothly with periodic system cleanups. In the "Maintenance" option, the program analyzes corrupted records, broken shortcuts, system trash, browser curl and cookies. Already in the specific item "Accelerate" are identified programs that run in the background and startup, which can make the PC very slow to turn on and during day to day use.
AVG TuneUp allows complete PC analysis and cleaning Photo: Playback / Barbara Mannara
For those who need to free up space on the hard drive, the software shows how many MB or GB can be removed in one click. Finally, AVG TuneUp still displays possible computer crashes and problems, tells you if the machine is vulnerable and what software needs updating, for example. Over time, the program generates statistics for you to understand how much the machine has improved or accelerated after cleaning. Take the time to turn on automatic maintenance so you don't have to worry about dates. It is available for download on Windows and MAC.