If your question is – how to get rid of system junk on a laptop? The answer is relatively simple and is provided in this article. I have tried to explain before, the reasons, why our computer gets slow or becomes unstable is because of various unwanted files clogging up the system.
It is similar to how a storeroom will keep a huge number of boxes stacked high up and not let anybody go inside them.
The same thing happens with our PC’s as well, except that it keeps all these unwanted files in a particular directory which is called system files. The worst is if you are a game enthusiastic, extra junk files can increase loading speed for games like SIMS 4.
All these junk files just take up a lot of space in the hard drive and make the computer slow to a crawl. Moreover, these files also affect our computer performance by reducing its speed and making it sluggish.
But first thing first.
What are System Junk Files?
System Junk files refer to the unwanted and useless temporary files, which are created when a program is run on a computer. These can include cookies, internet cache, temp files, etc. These also differ in size and usage from user to user due to different software used by various users on their computers.
Not only junk files, but several useless and obsolete registry entries also start to accumulate in your system’s Registry Editor.
Benefits of Getting Rid of Junk Files
The PC will run faster when you get rid of such files from time to time using a trusted tool.
- You can reclaim hard drive space.
- You can also use this opportunity to check for spyware and malware by running a security scan with updated antivirus software, following the guide given below.
- Third is the privacy concern. Temporary files usually contain sensitive data about you or your browser’s activity, so it’s best to clean them out sometimes.
How exactly do you get rid of system junk files on a laptop?
1) Using Disk Cleanup Utility
The Microsoft disk cleanup utility can be very useful in removing junk files. It will show you which folders are taking up the most space on your hard drive and give you an option to delete them all at once.
To open it, search for “Disk Cleanup” in the Start menu or screen search box, then click on ‘Disk cleanup’ under results.
Once it’s open, select your system drive (usually C:), then click on ‘OK’. Now check all boxes that appear except for ‘Windows Error Reporting’, ‘Windows Upgrade log files’, and any other items that are not familiar to you. Click ‘Ok’.
Windows will take some time calculating how much space you can free up – this will vary depending on how many files you have chosen to delete.
2) Using CCleaner- a Third Party Tool
Most of the junk files are targeted by this tool, and it is easy to use as well. You can download it from its website or download an installer directly from your browser’s toolbar.
This tool will also allow you to either block or enable cookies from websites that you frequently visit, as well as allowing the disabling of extensions and other components that may be slowing down Firefox.
If you want to browse the web privately, CCleaner can export your browsing history to an HTML file instead of storing it on your computer. This is useful if you’re concerned about someone else gaining access to your history.
3) Using Microsoft Windows Disk Cleanup
It has been designed to keep your disks free from temporary files that have accumulated over time. It can also be used to delete other types of files stored on your PC, such as Windows upgrade log files and downloaded program files. You can use this tool manually or automatically to clean a specific drive or all the drives on your PC.
4) Using BleachBit
This is the open-source tool that deletes junk files to free disk space, maintain privacy, and remove cache files. For system administrators or advanced users, it’s useful for minimizing the performance footprint of an application, database, or file set.
It removes cache, cookies, Internet history, localizations, logs, temporary files and broken shortcuts.
5) System Restore
This will restore your personal files, but not Windows updates or other programs. To do this search for ‘Restore point’ in the Start menu or screen search box, then click on ‘Create a restore point’.
You can create restore points manually whenever you want to isolate changes that were made to your computer because they are about to cause problems.
So these are the best ways to get rid of junk files on a laptop.
You can use the Disk Cleanup Utility to remove temp Windows files and other unnecessary system data, delete browsing history with CCleaner, or erase all kinds of junk files using BleachBit.
You can also try System Restore if you don’t want to go through all these steps and perform major surgery on your hard drive, but in the end, it’s up to you which method suits you best.
In order to have a healthy system and continue running your programs, junk files must be removed from time to time.