‘Of course, backup should be daily,’ – sure, folks, any cleaners and optimizers will not rescue your data, especially now as millions (!) became victims of ccc ransomware (aka Cryptowall) – http://soft2secure.com/knowledgebase/ccc-file
In my experience many Windows PCs can slow down over time as programs get installed and sometimes later uninstalled, often leaving “cruft” behind.
If you have backed up your important data securely, and things on your PC have got slower than molasses, then you might want to consider wiping the drive, reinstalling the OS and *only* those apps you actually need and restoring your precious data.
Of course, this should also help in getting rid of any unpleasant malware/adware/browser plugins/etc that might have sneaked its way onto your computer.
If you don’t feel confident backing up your data and starting afresh, probably best to ask a nerdy friend for assistance.
- Of course, backup should be daily, so if s/he doesn’t have that done, it should be fixed hereafter. We also can’t forget that those other risks – malware and so on – can be backed up, too, which means they should be running an AV as well. I have very little (particularly nothing) positive to say about Windows registry so I’ll just stop short of that.
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I have been using 10+ years
Advance System Care – Free (I now pay about £10 pa as it is very good)
CCleaner – Free from Piriform
Also Free and useful
IObit Malware Fighter
SuperAntiSpyware (This cleans out all the ads and rubbish, often 200+ a day)
Try to download from Cnet.com as it is secure, it is OK if they forward you to the site required.
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