Protect and clean up the data in your drive
There are several reasons why it is important to regularly clean your hard drive. The first reason is that keeping your disk clean and uncluttered from outdated and obsolete files will keep some of your hard drive free for data that actually is necessary or needed. To this end, it is important to regularly empty your recycle bin, remove outdated emails, uninstall software programs that are no longer used, and delete obsolete document files. For those documents that are not obsolete, but are rarely needed, you might consider compressing the files or possibly moving them onto a portable storage device of some kind. Cleaning up the registry, cache and internet history, and removing temporary files will also help.
Another very good reason for keeping your computer's drive free of buildup is that it will help to keep your PC's performance optimal. The more a hard drive fills up with data, the slower it will become, thereby adversely affecting the overall performance of the machine. The third, and in some ways the most important, reason for conducting a regular drive clean is to make certain that your computer remains free of malicious programs such as spyware and viruses.
Luckily for PC owners, the market is flooded with programs that can help keep your computer's drive clean, although it is unlikely that any one program will adequately do the job on its own, as drive cleaning software comes in different forms and performs different functions. Windows provides users with a disk cleanup program capable of cleaning up your computer's recycle bin, temp files, outdated files, unused programs, among others. Other drive cleaning programs are available that can help you rid yourself of more specific file types, such as adult content. Last but certainly not least, there are many anti-virus and anti-spyware programs available that can help protect your PC and your privacy by checking for and removing any malicious programs that may have managed to sneak through the back door.
When looking for the right disk cleaning software to clean up your data and protect your private information, it is important to do your homework very carefully before downloading anything onto your PC. Remember that, on occasion, programs claiming to have the ability to clean up your data problems can actually be malicious software in disguise.