More information about cleaning the computer

This page contains detailed information about computer cleanup for those who want to know more. Information is deliberately provided in a simplified style.

The program IT Sponge is designed to be user‑friendly and easy to use. So, to succesfully clean up your device, you do not have to know info below. However, sometimes it is good to know, what happens in your computer...

Firt of all: what's the diffrence between Windows, computer ad operating system?

Computer is the physical device you've got. Operating system is the most importatn sotware running on it. Windows is one of the most common operating systems (OS). But there are other OSes, for example Linux. Thus the behaviour of the computer is mostly the behaviour of the operating system. Computer without operating system is only an inanimate pile of metal and plastic. But, most of users do not distinguish those distinct terms. Therefore, we use terms computer, Windows and operating systems as a kind of synonyms on this pages.

Where the computer junk comes from

The heart of the operating system is so called Registry, containing enormous amount of techical information. Every software installation and unistallation, every computer hang-up, even the normal computer performance - in all that situation Registry can be an is slightly damaged. Damage means writing wrong information into the Registry.

Another place, where junk occurs, are temporaty files and folders. While the computer is running, it creates a lot of temporary files. sometimes, such files are not deletet properly, and they just occupy a disk space.

How can this junk slow down my computer?

Let's assume a simple case - opening a help window. When you want to open help, you start with pressing F1 key. Computer than try to locate the file containing appropriate help. This information is stored in the Registry. But what if Registry contains wrong help location next to the correct one? Computer has to search through more places, before help file is finally found. From the user's point of view, starting the help takes significantly more time than it should.

Opening help window is just a one example. In fact, computer constantly looks into the Registry. That means that erroneous Registry slows down almost everything.

How can I find out, how much junk is in my computer?

Use IT Sponge. Even the trial version searches through entire computer and can show you an exact number of bugs (junk count). Trial version cleans up some of those bugs as well. Paid versions provides thorough cleaning.

Without cleaning software, the amount of junk can be only roughly estimated. But, if your computer runs significantly worse than before, there is a huge propability that it is full of junk.

How does the IT Sponge program looks for “junk”?

Software scans critical operating system areas and checks correctness of Registry values, for example if they point to non-existing files. It also checks temporary files, if they are outdated or not. Wrong or outdated Registry values are deleted.

Well, this can be done manually as well, right?

Technically speaking, yes. Program IT Sponge checks tens of thousands of these values, which makes it a task suitable for a program, not a human being.

Are ther any other possibilities, how to get a clean computer?

Yes, there are always possibilities. If you're not a computer pro, you can try this methods: