Clean C Drive Using SecureClean
You can clean the C:\ drive by deleting unwanted files and programs using SecureClean. Watch what you delete because you may find out later that you needed that file or program.
If you absolutely don't know what it is, it is best to leave a file alone until you do know what it is or where it came from. Searching for file names in your computers search or find tool can help to identify it.
It is common that you may need to clean the C:\ drive of all the free downloaded programs that came from the Internet. These programs leave many files that should have been removed from the C:\ drive when the program was uninstalled. These programs also leave Windows temporary files and even Windows registry keys that should not be left there.
Cleaning the C:\ drive will improve the performance and stability of your computer. You should know what is on your computer and what it is doing. You wouldn't want a program running free and damaging something.
Delete Files in Temporary Subdirectories (folders)
If you clean the C:\ drive of temporary subdirectories, it will free up extra space on the C:\ Drive. You can access these file by going to the Windows control panel and click on "Internet Options" or in Internet Explorer go to "Tools" then "Internet Options". Both methods open the same settings window.
If the "General" tab at the top is selected or active you will see two buttons that say "Delete Cookies" and "Delete Files". If you press these you will clean a good amount of Internet clutter in the temporary subdirectories. Software tools can help clean the C:\ drive of all Internet clutter.
Did you Install an Older Version of Windows over a Newer Version?
When you install an older version of Windows over a newer version problems can occur. The older version of Windows may have left traces of the newer version and the files could conflict with each other.
This has also happened when installing a newer version over an older version. If this happens it is best to reinstall the software or completely remove Windows and install the version you wanted on a clean hard drive. This could even help you to clean the C:\ drive.
Cleaning Up the MSN Internet Service Program
The MSN Internet service program leaves many files behind and keeps popping up even when you have already uninstalled it. Deleting these files will clean the C:\ drive.
It is recommended to call MSN to have them remove the program because there may be problems that occur even after cleaning the program. This happens because the MSN program does leave traces in some interesting places.
Real Audio Player
Regain about 8 megs of hard drive space when you remove the program from the C:\ drive. The only problem is determining if you want to keep Real Audio Player.
If the space is valuable to you, it might be best to remove it and use Windows Media Player, since you cannot remove Media Player completely and without computer problems.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
You can delete the file "Acrobat.pdf" from the Acrobat/Reader folder. This file is basically a commercial and is unnecessary to have on the computer. You can get to this file by following the steps to its location below:
Start by opening "My Computer".
Next open the C:\ drive (or your local dive if its not the C:\ drive).
Open the "Programs" folder and find The Adobe folder.
A folder named Acrobat will be here if it is installed on the computer.
Open the Acrobat folder and remove the "Acrobat.pdf" file.
Cleaning up E-Mails
Look for files and stored e-mails that are not needed and can be removed. These little things are often overlooked, but they can free up a lot of space on the C:\ drive. Your e-mail client program can store e-mails and files that could have been attachments or temporary files. Over time these files can build up to a large amount of data.
Improper settings in your e-mail client could cause you to have uncontrolled "E-Mail Pools", which are clutters of e-mail storage on the hard drive. Check with the technical support team of the program to know how these setting should be set.
Be watchful of what is installed on the computer and what is needed to run your programs. Software or Internet programs will not tell you most of the time where or what it is installing on your system and may bury itself into your computer where you may not be able to get it without help.