You must have noticed that after using Windows for a few months, it tends to become slower in response. This is mainly because of the junk files and obsolete registry entries that it has to deal with. You can either reinstall Windows or you can use the freeware tool DrivePurge to clean your Windows system of the unnecessary files that are just taking up your hard disk space and making it slower.
DrivePurge is a simple but very effective program developed by GaiJin softwares. The download is available as a portable application – there is no need to install it on your computer. It supports all versions of Windows starting from Windows XP SP3. The download is a very small ZIP file. You can extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP archive and run DrivePurge.exe from there. Initially, the program might run with German language interface, but you can change the language from the menubar and restart the program.
DrivePurge has three sections – system cleanup, drive cleanup and user tracks cleanup. In the System Cleanup section, you can clean the system related junk files. It allows you to clean junk files and entries related to Windows features like offline webpages, icon cache, downloaded installations, font cache, DRM cache (be careful with this) and so on. You can click on the Analyze button to see how many files would be cleaned. Finally, you can click on the Cleanup button to get rid of the detected junk files or entries.
In the Drive Cleanup section, you can clean all the usual temporary or unrequired files. For example, the .BAK files which are usually created as backups, the .CHK files which are created during CHKDSK scan of your hard disk, the .ERR files which are created to log error by some programs and so on. The usage is similar to the first section – click on the Analyze button to detect the files and then click on the Cleanup button to delete them.
In the third section, User Tracks Cleanup, you can choose to clean the entries created in your system by user activity – such as, run history, open file dialog entries, recently opened files, recent documents, last downloaded location in Internet Explorer, Microsoft games data etc. In addition to these, there are hundreds of plugins for third party applications which clean their respective entries from your system. Again, you have to click on the Analyze button followed by the Cleanup button to clean them.
DrivePurge is a small but powerful tool that can help your computer stay clean and free of garbage files. It can tune up your system to make it run faster. It is portable application so you can keep it on your USB key and use it on any computer you want. So if you want to keep your system clean and smelling like new, then give DrivePurge a try.
You can download DrivePurge from http://www.gaijin.at/en/dldrivepurge.php.