How Can I Fix My Computer?

You may be thinking, "I don't want to fix my computer, so why do I have to"? A computer is like a car. Performing regular maintenance will increase the life of the machine. Just like a car, if something goes wrong it is best to fix it as soon as possible so the problem doesn't get worse.

Problems that create a need to fix your computer usually come from outside sources. You may have visited a website and downloaded corrupted software or transfered a virus from a disk. With the many ways problems can enter your computer, it almost seems that you cannot fix the problems without professional software.

Like a car, there are steps you can take to keep up on your computer maintenance. We have provided you with some steps to help you learn how to fix your computer. Cleaning this information can improve your computer performance.

Clearing Web History

Cleaning your web history is important because it has a record of all the sites that were visited by your computer. Follow these steps to remove history:

Note: This step will not completely remove traces of web history.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and go to the Tools menu.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Go to the General tab.
  4. Select the button "Clear History".

Deleting Cookies

Deleting cookies will help to eliminate some personal information. These steps will get you to the place that allows you to remove cookies and temporary Internet files.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to the Tools menu and select Internet Options
  3. In the new window select the general tab.
  4. There are two buttons, "Delete Cookies" and "Delete Files"
  5. Press both buttons.
  6. A slight pause will occur. This may be longer for "Delete Files".

Your Data Isn't Gone

The steps listed above will not remove the data fully. If you are thinking about retiring or selling an old machine, you will want to securely erase its drive with a program like WipeDrive or your personal information could be recovered.