||Computer House Cleaning
by Joe K. Lear
Just like your home your computer needs cleaning and rearranging on a
regular basis. You should plan on doing this once per week. Performing the
weekly cleanup procedure that follows will help to keep your computer running
as efficiently as possible.
Temporary files must be deleted from two locations on your hard drive.
- First Close all active programs
- Open Windows Explorer
- Find the Temp Folder under the C: drive on the left hand side of
the Screen. Click once to open the folder.
- Hold down the CTRL key and Press A to select all the files and folders.
- Hold Down the SHIFT Key and Press Delete. Click Yes to Confirm the
- If you are asked, answer Yes to All to remove files with the *.exe
extension or files that are read-only.
- Click the "+" next to the Windows folder on the left side of Explorer
- Scroll down until you find the folder Temp and Click Once to Open.
- Hold down the CTRL key and Press A to select all the files and folders
- Hold down the CTRL and Click once on the folder Vbe to deselect
Repeat Steps 5 & 6.
For Netscape Navigator 4.51 and up:
- Start Netscape Navigator (Icon may say Netscape Communicator)
- Click Edit on the Menu Bar and Click on Preferences.
- Click the "+" next to Advanced, then Click Cache. Click the Clear
Disk Cache Button. Click OK.
- Click the word Navigator on the left side of the dialog box. Click
the Clear History Button.
- Click OK.
- Exit Navigator
For Older version of Netscape (3.0 and Older):
- Start Navigator.
- Click on Options on the Menu Bar. Click Network Preferences.
- Click the Cache Tab, and then click the Clear Disk Cache Button.
- Click OK to Confirm Removal and then Click OK to Close Dialog Box.
- Exit Navigator.
For Internet Explorer
- Start Internet Explorer.
- Click View on the Menu Bar then Click Internet Options. For IE 5.0,
this option is located under the Tools Menu.
- Under the General Tab, Click the Delete Files Button. Click OK.
- Click the Clear History Button. Click OK.
- Exit Internet Explorer
Right Click on the Recycle Bin on the Desktop, and Click on Empty Recycle
Bin. Click Yes at the Confirm File Delete.
Run Scan Disk and Defrag
- Click on the ScanDisk icon on your Windows Desktop or Click the
Start Button, Go to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and Click on
- Click Start. The Dialog will have an indicator bar that will indicate
- If you receive a message that ScanDisk has Restarted 10 times. Click
No to discontinue the warnings, then Right Click on the V-shield icon
next to the clock on the task bar and Click Exit.
- If you receive a message, that ScanDisk has found lost file fragments.
Click discard file fragments and click Ok. Other messages that you receive,
you can click repair the error or call ETCS for assistance.
- When ScanDisk is finished, click Close.
- Run Disk Defragmenter by clicking on the icon on your desktop or
Click the Start Button, Go to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and
Click on Disk Defragmenter.
- A dialog box will appear and allow you to choose the drive to be
defragmented. Choose C: (default) or All hard drives (if you have multiple
- A dialog box will appear stating the percent a hard drive is fragmented.
No matter what this says, Click Start.
- When Disk Defragmenter has completed, Click Yes to Close the Program.
- Restart your computer to restart the V-shield.
Performing these small tasks, which will take about 15-30 minutes of
your time per week, will help to keep your computer running at its best.