What software can speed up my PC?

Episode 1074 (1:40:26)

Rick from Long Beach, CA

Rick wants to clean up his PC and make it run faster. Is there a piece of software that can do that? Leo says no. That's snake oil. He can run CCleaner and a registry cleaner, but that's risky as cleaning the registry can cause the OS to stop working. He can also optimize the disk, but that isn't necessary anymore since hard drives are very efficient these days.

Leo advises backing up his data, formatting the hard drive, and reinstalling Windows from a known good source, then updating it. That will restore his computer to the day he first got it, and it'll be fast and clean.