Clean out the junk

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - SUPPORT -

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.

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