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You have probably experienced times when your laptop was slow, your desktop was cluttered with unnecessary icons and files, and you just felt overwhelmed all the time.
During the time you use your laptop, temporary files and duplicate files accumulate on your drives, which slows it down.
When you delete these files, not only does your laptop perform better, but you also make valuable space for new files.
How are junk files created and what are they?
In the course of using a variety of software, browsing on the Internet, or downloading stuff, temporary files are being accumulated that originally contained useful data, but then become junk files as they lose their relevancy.
Leaving junk files on your computer after you’ve used them is the biggest problem.
Every once in a while, you need to clean the storage space on your computer to keep it running well. Files tagged as “temporary” can be deleted permanently; for example, big updates to Windows can generate many gigabytes of backups that you may not ever need.
While many junk file cleaners remove your browser’s cache, which will refill itself anyway over time, and whose files help your browser load pages more quickly, some go too far and delete your web browser cache. Here’s how you can use Windows’ own tools to clean things up yourself.
Is it necessary to remove junk files?
The junk files do not harm your machine, but they take up space, which can cause it to slow down.
If your computer is full of junk files, you will have less space for other important software and files.
You should remove junk from your computer every now and then to increase the speed and performance of your machine.
However, how is it possible to distinguish between trash and necessary system files? Throughout this article, we will explain how to find and remove junk files.
Which junk files are most common?
For actions on your laptop, temporary files are created, and they are necessary for its operation. You can set Windows (depending on the settings) to automatically sleep or hibernate when you close your laptop’s lid.
Typically, temporary files store everything that happened just before you closed your laptop, so they are very important.
In the event of having to reopen your laptop and boot it again, the Operating System is reading these temporary files and restoring it to the previous state, while deleting them.
In addition to cache and cookies, certain types of files are also stored in your internet browser software during browsing that may speed up websites you visit repeatedly.
The problem is that they eventually accumulate and eat up a lot of space on the computer.
Certain software also creates temporary files when it is installed and used.
How to Find these Junk Files and Delete them from Your Laptop?
Throughout this article, you will discover that finding and cleaning junk files can be done in many ways.
In this lesson, I will assist you in finding all the locations and show you many options for removing them.
Please pick the method that is most appropriate for your situation from the following list.
1. Download and install a disk cleaner program
Installation of a disk cleaner is the simplest (and probably the fastest) method for removing junk files. You can use these programs quite easily, and they keep you from accidentally deleting your data since they warn you before you delete anything.
You can delete the system junk files, browser history, the cache, the cookies, as well as duplicate/unnecessary registries with disk cleaning programs.
These programs can automatically clean your computer every week or month if you choose to do that.
Here are some of the best disk cleaning programs:
- Disk Analyzer Pro
2. Right-click on the junk file And Delete it
Once you find the junk files, the easiest way to remove them is to click on them with the right mouse button (or select them using the right mouse button), and then click “Delete”.
By doing this, only the junk is placed in the recycle bin, but it does not permanently remove the file.
Recyclables must still go to the Recycle Bin and be emptied in order to be properly disposed of.
3. Disk Cleanup helps you remove junk files
It is a built-in tool in Windows that removes hidden junk files.
Here is a step-by-step guide to using it:
- Click “My Computer”
- Right-click on the drive you wish to clean
- and select “Properties”
- Click “Disk cleanup”
- Choose the files you wish to delete from the drop-down list.
- Click “OK” to confirm the deletion.
You can also run it by searching for “Disk cleanup” and opening it.
4. Getting rid of browsing data
Browser histories and cache are among the junk files most commonly found. They take up very little computer space, so you can delete them easily.
- Go to the browser
- and click the three dots in the upper right corner.
- Click on “Settings”
- Scroll down to “Clear browsing data” and select “Choose what to clear.”
- Choose “Clear” to remove the items you wish to delete.
When you close the browser, you can opt to always clear the browsing data. This will help you remove clutter and clean up your Windows computer.
- To clear browsing data, click the three dots in the upper right corner of Chrome.
- By selecting More tools from the menu, select “Clear browsing data”.
- The “Basic” options and “Advanced” options will be displayed in separate windows. You can select a time range and the things you want to delete by going to “Advanced.”
- You can clear your data by clicking “Clear data”.
5. Duplicate files should be deleted
Several applications exist for finding and deleting duplicate files on your hard drive to free up space.
There are several options available:
- Duplicate Cleaner Free
- Duplicate File Finder
6. Delete the Windows update data on Windows 10
- Open Drive C:, then Windows
- choose “Software distribution”
- Click “Download”
- Select all the files, and then delete them.
The files will be downloaded again if Windows 10 needs them in any way.
7. Temporary files should be deleted
- By right-clicking on the Windows icon,
- select “Run”
- Type °%temp% and click “OK”
- When you’re done with any applications you are working on, delete all junk files by saving your work.
- You can also make use of the “Run” function in Windows by right-clicking on the icon and typing temp. Junk files are also stored in this location.
- Clean up your temp location by deleting them all.
Alternatively, you can open C drive, then Windows, and search for and delete junk under the “Temp” folder.
8. Prefetched files can be deleted
- Go to C drive, then Windows.
- Find “Prefetch” by scrolling down.
- Remove all files and folders
When we accidentally delete files, what should we do to regain them?
When important system files are accidentally deleted, your laptop will not function properly.
When you aren’t sure about which files to remove, we suggest removing only those from your downloads, documents and music folders, as well as your pictures, videos, and desktop.
In these situations, it is important to have an exact copy of your files and downloads on an external hard drive (such as a large external USB drive).
The files can be recovered if they were deleted and where necessary.
Recoverit Data Recovery is an easy-to-use tool that enables you to restore data from various devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows.
The Windows System Restore tool is another alternative, which can be useful in such an instance.
Ensure that System Restore is enabled before you begin cleaning junk files.
Are Junk Files Needed to be Deleted Frequently?
A junk file will never disappear by itself from your computer. Manually deleting those junk files is not an easy task. The above methods can be chosen according to your needs.
It’s recommended to clean your disk once or twice a month if you sit for several hours each day and download many files. If you only surf once or twice a month, cleaning out the junk more often could keep it from piling up and slowing your laptop down.