Running the System Optimizer Manually



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If you purchased a SecureAnywhere edition that includes the System Optimizer, you can remove all traces of your web browsing history, files that show your computer use, and other files that reveal your activity.

As you work on your computer and browse the Internet, you leave behind traces. These traces may be in the form of temporary files placed on your hard drive, lists of recently used files in programs, lists of recently visited websites, or cookies that websites placed on your hard drive. Anyone who has access to your computer can view what you have done and where you have been. Using the System Optimizer, you can protect your privacy by removing all traces of your activity, including the Internet history, address bar history, Internet temporary files (cache), and cookie files.

You can also use the System Optimizer to delete unnecessary files that Windows stores on your computer. Certain files can consume valuable space on your computer. Even with today's large hard drives, these unnecessary files can impair your computer's performance.

Note: Optimizations remove unnecessary files and traces, not malware threats. Malware such as spyware and viruses are removed during scans. Think of the System Optimizer as the housekeeper for your computer, while the Scanner serves as the security guard. For more information about scans, see Running Scans.

Before running the optimizer, you can customize it using any of the following procedures:

To run the System Optimizer manually:

  1. From the system tray, double-click the Webroot icon. 



    The main interface displays.

     

  2. Click Utilities to expand the Utilities drop-down menu.



  3. Do either of the following:
    • From the Utilities drop-down menu, select Optimize Now.
    • Click the Utilities gear icon, then select the System Optimizer tab and click Optimize Now.
    The optimizer displays a progress bar as it runs.



    When the optimizer completes, the system displays how much disk space was recovered and when the last optimization was completed.
  4. To get details about what was deleted, from Utilities > System Optimizer, click the View Log button.



    The log displays in the default text editor.



  5. When you're done, close the file.