3 Simple Ways to Tidy your Computer for the New Year

Clean Out Some Clutter

CCleaner - Download: https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/download


All computers have a buildup of “gunk” that can accumulate over time, whether they’re cookies, temporary files, or unused passwords. Ccleaner is a free to download and install program that can clean out a lot of these files.   

Step 1:

Download and install the program, Ccleaner (“ccsetup551.exe”)  - be sure to UNCHECK “Yes, Install Avast Free Antivirus” because we won’t be needing that.

Step 2:

Ccleaner by default should open up the Cleaner with default boxes checked for what old information needs to be cleared out.  Feel free to carefully browse and check anything else that you think you can afford to clear (ex “saved passwords”)

Click Analyze.

Following analyze, you can then run the cleaner itself by clicking “Run Cleaner.”  Cleaning can take anywhere between 2 minutes and 3 hours depending on how much junk you have.

Step 3:

After cleaning, click on the “Registry” tag, “Scan for Issues”, “Fix Selected Issues…” and do not create a backup. That’s it!

Remove Harmful Viruses and Malware

MalwareBytes - https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/thankyou/


If you think your computer may be exceptionally slow due to a virus, or a piece of malware, it’s time for a good and thorough scanning. Malwarebytes is a great tool to identify, quarantine, and remove potential threats. Keep in mind, this is not protection, but rather a useful removal tool in the event you do have malware.

Step 1:

Download and install MalwareBytes for Free.

Step 2:

After installation, open MalwareBytes and begin the 14 day free trial.  Scan the computer for potential infections. You can then quarantine and delete them.  That’s it!

NOTE:  Feel free to uninstall both MalwareBytes AND CCleaner as soon as you’re done with them.  That way you don’t bog down the system when you’re trying to game or get your work done. You can always install them again when it’s time.

Edit Startup Programs

As your computer downloads more and more software, over time the computer will noticeably slow down when it comes to booting up the computer.  This is because most software by default will boot up with the computer on Start Up. We recommend editing just exactly what kind of software boots up and runs in the background, as that precious computing power should only be reserved for your most used programs.

Step 1:  Open Task Manager

On Windows 10, press the Windows key or the Windows icon at the bottom left of the taskbar.  Type in “Task Manager,” right click, and “Run as administrator.

Step 2: Pruning

Click on the “Startup” tab at the top of the new Task Manager Window and notice the list of software that is either “enabled” or “disabled” at Start Up.

Here’s the part when you go down the list and figure out which programs REALLY need to be turned on at Start Up, and which ones you can disable and open only when you really need them.

We generally recommend just the mouse software, “audio managers,” Windows Defender on our short list.  Feel free to choose what you will.

After this last step, restart the computer!

And just like that, we’ve got a refreshed computer, ready for the New Year!  Of course, there’s more you can do to clean up after your cyber friend, but these three things are great way to begin without spending too much time on cleaning and more time on enjoying your Winter Break!

Thanks for reading!

Games to Play with the Family this Winter Break

It’s Winter Break for many families around the nation, and what better time than now to enjoy some quality entertainment as a household!  At Ukatsu, we believe one of the best ways to connect with your loved ones is by playing together and science has shown how play can build trust and cooperation with all involved.  Here are some of our recommendations for you to enjoy over the break!

Overcooked 2  - Players: 1-4  Rated: E for Everyone

The sequel to the original hit, this couch cooperative game is all about working together to prep, cook, and serve meals as the orders come in.  With ever changing kitchen maps ranging from pirate ships to giant castles, players will find themselves in frantic fun, calling on their teammates to chop, stew, sear, and plate their way to saving the Onion Kingdom.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Players 1-8 Rated: E10 for Everyone 10+

The biggest game in December just so happens to be the 5th installment to the popular franchise, Super Smash Bros!  With up to 8 players, you can battle it out for top dog of the household using your favorite characters from Nintendo’s lineup of games and more.  A much more competitive experience for the family, but still a ton of fun!

Just Dance 2019 - Players 1-6  Rated: E for Everyone

Up for something a little more active?  Look no further than Just Dance, a game we like to play with young, teen, and parents alike.  Playing is simple on Nintendo Switch - just strap on a Joycon to your right hand, and mimic the dance moves on the screen like a mirror.  After a few songs, you’ll feel like a the pop star you’ve always dreamt you’d be. (Can’t get the kids to dance? Tell them the coordination will help with their Fortnite dances too.)

*Check out one of our videos of high school students playing Just Dance back at our High School eSports District Championships:

Bonus:  Fishbowl - No Digital Screens and FREE! Players: As many as you want Rated: F for Fun

How about a game that doesn’t involve the use of electronics or a single trip to the mall / eshop?  Try Fishbowl, a party game that involves the tiniest bit of writing and reading, but more importantly, quick thinking!  A mix of Head’s Up! Charades, and Pyramid. Having played this game at several of our events, and even on our own time, we guarantee you’ll have a lot of fun and friendly competition with everyone involved!

Here are some setup / rules we’ve found online!