Clean out the junk
QCan you recommend a program that really cleans up my computer? Even though I’m running a paid version of AVG I’m left with unwanted programs, which seem to remove my Restore points. Please help! Cecil Deacon Rob’s solution We covered this in-depth in issue 141 with our ‘Wipe it’ feature, but if you’re looking for program recommendations then we suggest pairing two free products from Malwarebytes (www.malwarebytes.com): use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free to scan for and remove serious threats from your PC, and AdwCleaner (www.malwarebytes.com/ adwcleaner) to target browserrelated items as well as adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Upgrade to the Premium version of Malwarebytes only if you want real-time protection; it will run happily alongside AVG or any other anti-virus tool that you have decided to replace it with.
Once done, you can switch System Restore back on by typing ‘system restore’ into the Search box and choosing ‘Create a restore point’. Select your system drive and if protection is currently switched off, click ‘Configure…’ to turn it back on. Allocate five percent or 5GB of space, whichever is less.
Roll back Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 2023, so is still viable.