This first Tech Time entry reviews software programs that will keep your computer running safely and efficiently- almost like new! Best of all, these programs are free! This article answers these questions:

  • What is a good free virus protection program?
  • How do I keep my computer from running slow?



Disk Defragmenter & Disk Cleanup

There are tools in Windows that help maintain optimal computer performance. The best one to use is the Disk Defragmenter. It is good to use this at least once a month. Disk cleanup can also be used to improve the performance of your machine. Disk cleanup will help free up disk space on the hard drive.  Click the links below for instructions.

Disk Defragmenter Instructions

Disk Cleanup Instructions


CCleaner is a maintenance and optimization program for Windows. This program does more than the built-in Windows tools for clearing out cache and cookies (Disk Cleanup). It also cleans out registry errors. Mixed reviews exist about programs that clear out registry errors. Some programs will clean out registry files that are important. I have been using this program for 5 years and have never had a problem with CCleaner cleaning out important registry files.

This article demonstrates how to use this program. Please read if you have any questions about this product before installing: CCleaner Tips

The best download/installation link is here: CCleaner Download

A list of other programs similar to CCleaner can be found here:



Antivirus Protection

Antivirus protection programs prevent computers from being compromised by malware and viruses. Malware can cause damage to your machine. Check the virus protection already installed to see if the subscription has not expired. If it has, update it! If the subscription cost is too much, try Avast! My favorite virus protection to use is Avast! It is free to use for a year, registration requires email. This is the best download link: AVAST! Download

A list of other free virus protection programs can be found here:

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