Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cleaning PCs and Removing programs,

We all have this urge to reimage/format pc when it starts to get little buggy (or really buggy). But reimaging should be done as the last resort.

In a typical story, you reimage your pc, install few programs, uninstall few more, upgrade some or run a cracked old game.....after a little while your system starts get hiccups, slows down or even the almighty crashes.

Most of the time the culprits are, the leftovers from uninstalled  softwares, invalid registry values or temporary files created by running programs. The accumulated temp files slow down your system and (sometimes) eat up to 1gb of your hard drives.
Anyways to combat these issues, there are number of very good freewares available on the internet.

Ccleaner is a very good optimization and cleaning software. It cleans traces of online activities ranging from as internet history to autocomplete forms. It has inbuilt registry cleaner which removes unused and old registry entries. It also harbors a Windows cleaner which deals with recycle bin, recent docs, temp files and log files.
A very user friendly easy to use UI is another plus point for Ccleaner.

Revo Uninstaller
This small program has helped me in lot of sticky situations in the past.
This is an uninstaller program which removes unwanted programs installed on your pc even in times when it becomes impossible to remove certain programs from "Windows Add or Remove programs", Uninstaller has done wonders.
The up part of this program is that after a regular uninstall of a program, Uninstaller scans and removes additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys which escapes the clutches of a regular unisntallation, thereby freeing the system from the traces of the uninstalled programs.
There is a professional and freeware version of the Revo Uninstaller
Download. (freeware)

If you are using a pc (even a mac or linux system), a good antivirus program is a must. If not, you and your system are paving a way for a slow suicide death. But there are lots of antivirus programs available, we all keen to test a lost of them. But when it comes to remove and antivirus program its a really a different story and sometimes the real cause of your crashing/freezing pc.

 Eset Nod32 removal tool
Nobody but I know how much I like this antivirus software ( and other Eset products), but when it comes to uninstalling them they surely have disappointed me in the past (sometimes in a very cruel way.)
The trick here is to use, a free nod32removal tool from Eset,
Kaspersky Removal tool
Kaspersky probably provides the best security solutions for pcs. But if you are to remove them from your system, they don't go down without a good fight.
These are free Kaspersky Removal tools provided by Kaspersky makers.
Norton (symantec) removal tool
I haven't actually used Norton/Symantec products, but I have seen lots of Maldivians are familiar with these antivirus programs.
The tool uninstalls all Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0.

 Avast Uninstall Utility
Avast also provides a free antivirus program for single users. I have used Avast in the past and when it came the time to uninstall it from my pc, they like, Kaspersky, gave a good fight.
To use the Unistall Utility, first download the program, save it in your desktop. Reboot your system in safe mode (by pressing F8) and run the little program.
AVG removal tools
Many people like AVG as it provides a free antivirus program.
But when you get fed up (or wants to remove it) try visiting this page and reading through the instructions. Trust me, it helps a lot.

1 comment:

Saidan said...

A good collection of programs. A must for the PC cleaners. Btw, I'm recommend Diskeeper 2010 for defragmenting and Teracopy for file copying (assuming you are NOT on Win 7. Cheers!
Ps., Mode your blogging frequency has drastically reduced. We neeeeeed more posts!! Hurry! Give us more!