How to remove junk or temporary files from your computer

In this post we will let you know, all the ways you have to speed up your computer, manually deleting files that are not needed.

Temporary files:

Basically, a temporary file is created by the software in order to temporarily contain information during the time that we are creating a standard file, and after we close the program we were using, automatically the temporary file should be deleted.

It is important to bear in mind that temporary files are used in order to recover data that may be lost in the event that the program or the PC stops in an abnormal and surprising way., that is, if, for example, an application or the operating system crashes.

While we mentioned that these files should be deleted the moment the program that created them exits, the truth is that sometimes it may happen that the system does not perform this task, so we should resort to manual deletion of these files, since they can cause a damage to the performance of the PC.

Cache Cleanup:

Basically, A cache cleaner is a piece of software that aims to eliminate these types of files to prevent them from being used in the case of being infected with malware or other threats. Nevertheless, this is not its only function, since also cleaning these files it is possible to achieve that the computer gives us a better performance. If you want to know more about cache cleaners, We invite you to continue reading the rest of the article.

We started with the already known “Temp”; is the folder where the temporary files are stored. Failure to remove them periodically can cause a series of failures, as errors in video playback (YouTube, Facebook, etc.), errors in windows updates, errors in program installations, program freezes, etc.

If you want to see the temporary files stored in the folder“Temp”, follow any of these steps:

  • Press the Windows + R keys at the same time and in the Run window type the command% temp%. Then press the OK button.
  • Enter your Windows search engine, type% Temp% open the folder.

Once we have clicked on delete, a window will appear in which we will omit those files since they are files that are still being used.

Now we will delete the files Prefetch (Optional)

This Prefetch folder was added by Microsoft from the already known Windows XP but we can see that it is still used in Windows 10. The main function of the Prefetch folder is to host direct data from the applications that we run within the system in order for them to be loaded much faster, thus speeding up the work process..

Basically, Microsoft has developed Prefetch as an algorithm that has the ability to detect and anticipate cache errors, especially when the operating system requests data that does not exist in the local cache, and Prefetch is responsible for storing this data, that do not exist, in the cache so that its access is much faster.

If you want to see the temporary files stored in the folder” Prefetch”, follow any of these steps:

  • Press the Windows + R keys at the same time and in the Run window type the command% Prefetch %. Then press the OK button.
  • Enter the route “C:\WindowsPrefetch”

We do the same process as the previous one, deleting and skipping files.

The Windows Event Viewer:

It is a complement to the Microsoft console through which we can carry out centralized management of each event that occurs in the system in different areas such as Windows logs, security, applications etc.

Let us remember that each action carried out on the equipment is either a power-on, Login, installation, etc, will save a record and that is where the event viewer takes this record and allows us to see it in a clear and simple interface for its use and administration.

How to access:

  • The most facial way to access is to go directly to our Windows search bar and type “events viewer”

Once we have entered the event viewer we go to “Windows logs”

We open the application part, right click and empty record, we will do the same with Security, Installation, System. (We select Delete)

Defragment disk:

It is an operation that is sometimes necessary to put order in the mechanical hard drives in which you usually write and rewrite regularly., since operating systems like Windows tend to leave fragments in them that over time can slow them down.

  • To access disk defragmentation, in the search bar we write “Defragment and optimize drives” The “Defragment Disk”

We select Unit C: and Analyze followed in Optimize (This may take all depends on the amount of files you have on your PC).

We repeat the steps with Unit D:

NOTE: Most only have two units.

Change settings, in this step we can allow the machine to do this automatically, the most recommended is to have it weekly.

In Choose we can select the Disk Units, the best thing would be to have it in Select All, to do it in all Units.

Disk Cleanup:

As more advanced users should know, Windows 10 has a tool that allows you to remove useless files and folders from your computer. Disk Cleanup removes certain files and folders, freeing up valuable hard drive space and improving system performance.

  • The easiest way will be in the search engine to put “Disk Cleanup”
  • It will allow us to select a unit in this case it will be C:

When accepting, a new configuration will emerge in which we will select the things we want to clean (Important in this part Select the Trash), and we select to clean files from the System this will enable us more options, the last thing will be to accept and let the team release these files.

Note in many cases everyone has Unit D: as backup, so it is not so recommended to do this in this Unit.

Another thing we can do is delete folders and applications that we do not use since they take up space, that can be used in something else.

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