How to clean up your PC in 3 steps

Running out of disk space for the things that really matter to you, like photos, videos, games or your work? It may be because both Windows® and the programs you use eat up more of your hard disk than they really should.

AVG TuneUp will help clean up temporary files and junk data you don’t need anymore.

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Sandro Villinger
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Download AVG TuneUp

Download, install, and get ready to tune up your PC.

AVG PC TuneUp Clean up screen

Download AVG TuneUp here. Then click the downloaded file to install AVG PC TuneUp®.

After launching PC TuneUp, you will be greeted by the welcome screen. You can skip the scan to get to the main dashboard.

Once there, click on the Free Up Space tile.



Scan results

Many programs clog up your machine by automatically storing temporary and old junk data deep in places you would never know to look for. Thankfully, AVG PC TuneUp knows exactly where they hide that data and finds it for you with a simple scan.

Click on System Cache & Logs and then click on Show to view all the unwanted clutter.

To free up that space just click on the Clean button.

AVG Disk Cleaner

The Disk Cleaner removes unwanted clutter from over 200 programs and Windows. Here is some of what it gets rid of:


Crash reports (”Memory dump”)
Windows produces memory dumps containing relevant analytical information every time your PC crashes.

Windows error reports
Whenever a program crashes, Windows generates a report that contains information regarding the nature of the crash.

Lost clusters
Disk repair utilities (such as Microsoft’s very own Chkdsk) detect bad clusters and try to restore the damaged data. This recovery data is saved as new files on your hard disk. Unfortunately, in most cases, these files do not contain usable data since the original information could often-times not be restored.

Installer files
Just by their installation, programs leave behind a lot of temporary files that clog up your hard disk. Disk Cleaner cleans up Microsoft Installer (MSI) leftovers safely and reliably.

These are temporary files that are left on your disk by programs and Windows. This includes, for example, the font cache used by Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) programs and the bitmap cache of the remote desktop application.

Log files
Windows and 3rd party programs often record logs of their operations, which can clog up your hard disk over time.

Temporary system files
Windows and various other programs create temporary files to cache their current operations. These files can contain personal information which might not get deleted once that operation is done.

Old backups
These are restore points that the operating system creates to revert back to previous states. They also includes downloaded Windows updates that have already been installed.

Temporary thumb files created and displayed by Windows-explorer.

“Recently used files” lists
Many programs, including Windows, create lists of files you recently opened. While that’s convenient, it may also be a privacy risk. Disk Cleaner helps with cleaning this up.

Click on the Open button next to Clean up windows and programs screen


Clean Up your Browser

Whenever you browse the web, hidden leftover files get created that sometimes even your browsers can’t track. That’s where Browser Cleaner can help.

Clean up browser screen

Click on Browser data (globe icon). Check what you want to delete (read the pane on the right for more details) and click the Clean button!

Done! It’s that simple.

Your PC should have more free space for the things you love.

The results are in!

When we put AVG TuneUp hard to the test on both really old and brand-new machines, we were amazed at the results. Want to find out how these performance features were able to speed up browsing the web, playing games, watching movies or working with Office?

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