Use Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files

Disk defragmentation results in better performance of your computer. That’s why Windows has a build-in tool with this purpose. However, most people avoid defragmenting their disks, even if we all know that it is recommended and can improve PC performance. The reasons is simple: the process takes too long to complete.

One of my favorite third party defragger and also the fastest out there is Defraggler – a tool developed by Piriform – the company behind both CCleaner and Recuva. Defraggler allows to defragment and optimize your local drives or a single file, several files or an entire folder.

Defraggler is also very simply to use. If you would like to analyze your drive to determine how fragmented is prior to defragmentation, just use the Analyze button. Once the analysis will finish, it will show you the visual drive map along with the fragmented files. Sometimes, you simply don’t need to defragment your hard drive, expecially if you’re working with a relatively new PC, you’ve defragmented your drive recently, or you don’t use your PC much.

Your hard drive needs to be defragmented? Simply click the Defrag button. If you want to save some time, there’s is a feature called Quick Defrag, which completes the process 3-4 times faster. However, the compromise, though, is that it won’t use the most intensive, optimal algorithm to reorganize your files. To use this feature, simply click the down-arrow next to Defrag button and select Quick Defrag.

Another great feature is the ability to move large files to the end of the hard drive. Your computer can accesses files faster if they’re at the start of the drive. Defraggler can put the large files you probably don’t access that often (videos, for example) at the end of the drive so that Windows can find the smaller files faster which are accessed more often.

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Keep your computer clean with Comodo System Cleaner

When it comes to system cleaners, CCleaner is one of the most popular. However, that doesn’t mean there is no other software with this purpose which is less popular, but with great features. Meet Comodo System Cleaner - a free package of useful cleaning utilities: Registry Cleaner, Disk Cleaner, and Privacy Cleaner.

The registry cleaner has the purpose of removing any corrupted or unnecessary Windows registry entries. The disk cleaner has the purpose to clean out any system junk files, duplicate files and needless archives. The privacy cleaner has the purpose to protect your privacy by removing all traces containing private data from your system. Talking about what’s different in this program, the data Shredder has the purpose to permanently remove files, partitions or entire disk data and the Force Delete will let you delete any locked files or registry entries.

Apart from the default tools that any decent application with this purpose should have (as mentioned above) Comodo System Cleaner has some nice built-in tools that kept my attention: Force Delete and Shredder. Also, an interesting feature that I’ve found in Comodo is ‘Active Clean’. When this option is enabled, Comodo System Cleaner will scan your system in real-time to identify and delete invalid, corrupt and redundant files when they are created.

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Top 10 free apps to install after a fresh OS installation or on a new PC

A clean install of Windows 7 (or any other) is often the best way to install your Operating System. However, clean install means losing all your apps but hey, that’s not necessarily a problem because a few days ago, when I finally decided to make a clean install of my OS, I made a list of the essential free apps you may get in case you’re not sure what you should actually install after a clean OS installation or when you get a new PC. Each app has a download link so you won’t have to search for every single app. So, what did I install over my clean new Windows? Check this list…

avast! Free Antivirus is my top pick for the best free security option around and just a matter of fact, it has the same antivirus and anti-spyware scanning engine used in the paid products and it will definitely reduce the risk of your computer being attacked or infected by a virus – Download Avast! Free Antivirus

Mozilla Firefox is what I used exclusively for a long time, but I am beginning to grow into Google Chrome, as Firefox seems to be quite slower. However, Firefox remains my primary browser but you can consider getting Google Chrome as well, for speed and simplicity – Download Firefox | Download Chrome

Open Office is a free office-productivity suite that includes applications such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to Microsoft Office. Compatibility? No worries,  Open Office can open and save MS Office documents with a high degree of fidelity – Download Open Office

Notepad++ is a great source code editor, but it also performs great as a Windows Notepad replacement. The application supports several programming languages and its features make it my favorite editor – Download Notepad++

Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully-featured, free and secure mail client, which can also act as a RSS reader. It’s easy to set up (no need to know your IMAP, SMTP, and SSL/TLS settings, just your your name, email address, and password) and customize – and it’s loaded with great features – Download Mozilla Thunderbird

Gom Player is a a clean looking video player that I’m using and recommend to everyone. It’s lightweight and I love fact that it has embedded codec system so you won’t have to search for codecs every time you cannot play a video format. However, if it happens that you need an extra codec to play a multimedia file that the player didn’t come with, the software will automatically identify what you need and it will lead you to the download page – Download Gom Player

WinAmp is my true favorite for playing music files and I believe that almost everybody using a PC knows anything about Winamp so I guess it doesn’t need introduction. Well, just for the record, Winamp has a lot of cool features which make it an extremely valuable and versatile media. You can synchronize your Media Library with your portable media player and much more – Download WinAmp

PicPick is one of the best screen capturing software that is simple enough to be used by everyone. You can capture multiple sources such as: active windows, selected areas or window, entire desktop, irregular screen regions or any other on-screen activities with just a click of a button or keyboard shortcut. Moreover, the software includes a simple image editor – Download PicPick

CCleaner is a system excellent system cleaning utility designed to help you get rid of all unwanted, residual files and registry entries such as  Internet Explorer’s temporary files, cookies, history and so much more – Download CCleaner

IZArc is a great freeware archive utility that support a huge list of archive formats, as well as access to many powerful features and tools. Moreover, it allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer – Download IZArc

I still have quite a few more in the pipeline but I’ll include those in a future article so check back later please.

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Clean & speed up your PC using CCleaner

If you really want to enjoy your life as a Windows user and squeeze every last drop of performance from your machine you should download and install CCleaner.
- open it and go to the Cleaner tab
- under internet explorer: check temporary internet files, cookies and last download location
- keep history and bookmarks unchecked (history is a maybe)
… – hit ‘Run Cleaner’, after a while you should see the details of deleted files.
For a better idea check out also our CCleaner review.

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