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Clean up system junk with Norton Utilities Ultimate

Norton Utilities Ultimate lets you safely delete system junk, broken registry keys, and broken shortcuts to free up your disk space.

System junk are unnecessary files that occupy a lot of space and slow down your computer. System junk include caches, logs, downloads, driver packages, temporary files, log files, trash, and broken files that you can safely delete to free up disk space. These are typically left-over files created by the system, programs, or installers. Cleaning up the system junk regularly helps your Windows PC perform better.

Broken registry keys are links in your system registry that may be outdated or broken. Windows registry keys play an important role in the optimal functioning of many programs and processes in your computer. But over a period, registry keys can break, become duplicated, or are left over after you uninstall programs. This can create problems for your computer. Norton Utilities Ultimate identifies the broken registry keys that you can safely delete from your computer.

Broken shortcuts are invalid shortcuts that lead to non-existent files or applications. When files, folder, and programs are moved, deleted, or uninstalled, the associated shortcuts break and become redundant. These broken shortcuts serve no purpose but take up disk space. Norton Utilities Ultimate identifies these broken shortcuts that you can safely delete from your computer.

STEP 1

Scan for system junk

  1. Open Norton Utilities Ultimate.

  2. On the main menu, click System junk.

  3. In the System junk window, click Rescan system.

    Wait for the scan to complete.

STEP 2

Clean up system junk

Clean up your disk

  1. Open Norton Utilities Ultimate.

  2. On the main menu, click System junk.

  3. In the System junk window, under Disk cleaner, select a cleaning mode.

    Your options are:

    • Basic: Selects only file categories that you can safely clean without losing crucial data.

    • Full: Selects all listed file categories including the setup files, recycle bin, and Downloads folder. You can then manually de-select the categories you want to retain.

    • Custom: Manually select the file categories you want to clean.

    IMPORTANT: If you select the Downloads folder for cleaning, we recommend that you check the Downloads folder for any important or irreplaceable files.

  4. Click Clean.

  5. When cleaning is complete, click Finish cleaning.

Clean up broken registry keys

  1. Open Norton Utilities Ultimate.

  2. On the main menu, click System junk.

  3. In the System junk window, click Broken registry keys.

  4. Select a cleaning mode. Your options are:

    • Basic: Selects only registry key categories that you can safely clean without losing crucial data.

    • Full: Selects all listed registry key categories. You can then manually de-select the categories you want to retain.

    • Custom: Manually select the registry key categories you want to clean.

    Tip: For each category, click the arrow icon on the far-right to view the registry keys identified for removal.

  5. Click Clean.

  6. When cleaning is complete, click Finish cleaning.

Clean up broken shortcuts

  1. Open Norton Utilities Ultimate.

  2. On the main menu, click System junk.

  3. In the System junk window, click Broken shortcuts.

  4. Select a cleaning mode. Your options are:

    • Basic: Selects only shortcut categories that you can safely clean without losing crucial data.

    • Full: Selects all listed shortcut categories. You can then manually de-select the categories you want to retain.

    • Custom: Manually select the shortcut categories you want to clean.

    Tip: For each category, click the arrow icon on the far-right to view the registry keys identified for removal.

  5. Click Clean.

  6. When cleaning is complete, click Finish cleaning.

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DOCID: v20230412202434739
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 03/28/2024