How to Clean Up Your Computer

The Problem

Windows often stores unneeded traces of your personal information, including passwords, credit card numbers, and previously deleted data and email, all without you even knowing it.

The Solution

SecureClean isolates and removes unneeded information, making it impossible for cyber criminals to steal your data. Don't just rely on your firewall and anti-virus to protect you, make SecureClean your second line of defense.

Remember—what isn't there can't be stolen!

  • Clean up your computer and get a fresh start
  • Find and erase past web surfing history.
  • Clean out unsolicited spam, popups, and other questionable data that may be lingering on your computer to clean up your computer.
  • Locate and remove unneeded traces of previous online shopping, like your name, address, phone number, etc.
  • Find and erase both current and corrupted Internet cookies and history data.
  • Find, recover, or permanently erase previously deleted files.
  • Permanently erase unwanted previously deleted messages lingering in e-mail archives from popular e-mail programs like America Online®, Microsoft Outlook®, Outlook Express®, Netscape®, and Eudora®.
  • Safely and reliably reclaim wasted disk space.
  • Improve system performance.

Welcome to the How to Clean Up Your Computer Guide!

Step 1

Determine that you want to completely erase hard drive data, but not your programs or operating system. If this is correct, go to Step 2. If this is not correct, see our guide to cleaning up your computer by deleting everything on your hard drive.

Step 2

It is easy to clean up your computer with SecureClean

After completing the installation, you will be prompted to select the function that you would like to use first.

  • Scan - this allows you to search for deleted and hidden personal data.
  • Clean - this will set cleaning options and securely clean up your computer.

We recommend that you select to Scan first.

Once you have selected the Scan Drives Now button, click OK.

(The SecureClean LiveUpdate window will ask you whether you would like to see if an updated version is available online. An Internet connection is required to check for these updates. If you installed SecureClean from the CD, you should check for an updated version.)

The SecureClean Scanner window has two main buttons: Scan Drives for Personal Data and Clean Drives.

Scanning Drives

To begin scanning your drives, click the round button labeled Scan Drives for Personal Data.

SecureClean will scan your system and show you a list of recoverable items found on you drives. These include deleted files, hidden temp files, Internet histories, etc. Scanning time may vary depending upon your computer.

When the Category line and Item line both read None, the Scanner has finished scanning. Once you have selected the number of overwrites, answer yes to the confirmation prompts to begin the wiping process.

Cleaning Your Drives

To access the cleaning function, click the round button labeled Clean Drives.

This option will take you to a page where you can select a cleaning method.

  • Quick Clean - quickly cleans Internet, deleted e-mail, and temporary files.
  • Secure Clean - removes all deleted files. This option is more time intensive.
  • Schedule - allows you to set up automated cleanings.

Step 3

Verify that your computer is clean. Do this by running the SecureClean Scanner to verify that information has been cleaned off your computer.