I have a Windows 7 computer that has not had any maintenance or optimization performed on it, in the nearly three years that I've had it.
So, I'm planning on conducting the following steps:
(1) Run a Malwarebytes scan,
(2) load the latest Microsoft Windows updates, and
(3) conduct disk defragmentation.
Are there any other good steps that I should be taking?
Also, is it possible to password protect the applets in Control Panel? Is that conducted through User Access Control (UAC)?