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How do you get a free PC tune-up?

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To perform a free computer tune up, free up disk space by using CCleaner, disable unwanted startup programs using the Task Manager or MSConfig, and remove unwanted software with tools such as PC Decrapifier. Other steps include ensuring Windows is up-to-date, defragmenting the hard drive and scanning for viruses.

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Tools such as PC Decrapifier allow users to remove the bloatware that manufacturers include with their computers. These unwanted programs slow down computers because of their excessive use of system resources. Additionally, users can manually remove any unwanted programs a tool misses through the Windows Control Panel. Users can get the same results from computer tune up services for free by using these processes.

CCleaner is a tool that scans a computer for temporary and unnecessary system files and removes them. These files are sometimes created by specific programs, such as Internet files, cookies and browsing history from a Web browser.

While Windows 8 and newer versions use the Task Manager to manage startup programs, Windows 7 and older versions use the MSConfig utility. However, disabling important system processes may cause Windows to stop functioning properly. As a result, the ideal practice is to research any unknown process before disabling it.

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