Start by removing
1. Remove any
unwanted shortcuts and files from your desk top and delete old email
that you don't need.
2. Free up disk
space on your hard drive by running Disk Cleanup:
> Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
3. Remove spyware
from your system by running AdAware.
You can learn
more about Ad-Aware and spyware and get a free download at http://www.lavasoftusa.com/.
Now that you
computer is cleaned up and protected from the outside world, it's
time to do a little housekeeping. By de-fragmenting your hard drive,
you are removing fragmented files that use up your storage space.
Think of de-fragmenting
as putting everything back into its place. De-fragmenting can
take a while.
Run Disk Defragmenter:
Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
Note: You may
need to disable your anti-virus software to get disk de-fragmenter
Now that you
have cleaned up your hard drive, scan it for viruses
You should always
keep your anti-virus software up-to-date and you should schedule it
to run on a regular basis.
You can download
a free 15-day trail of Norton Anti-Virus 2003 at http://nct.digitalriver.com/fulfill/0001.69
tasks to run automatically:
All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks
Install a firewall
will protect your computer from outside intrusions. ZoneAlarm is a
popular firewall and a free version is available to download at: http://download.com.com/3000-2092-10172409.html?tag=lst-0-7
Create a restore
Creating a restore
point gives you a place to go back to if anything should go wrong.
Think of using restore points like being able to travel back in time.
Win XP will automatically create restore points, but you should always
create one manually whenever you are making any changes to your system.
Create a Restore
Point or to restore your computer to an earlier time:
Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
Note: You can
save storage space on your hard drive by removing all but the most
recent restore point.
> Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup > More Options