Remember the feeling you got when you first brought home that nice new shiny computer, and how fast it booted up, or turned on? There’s a widely spread myth that most versions of Windows suffer from what is called “OS rot”. This is the phenomenon that occurs when over time, you add and remove programs, and the registry (the database of software and settings that makes up your experience) becomes full of things no longer installed or remnants of older versions. Some people used to recommend reinstalling Windows every year or two, but with a good tune up, and/or a memory upgrade, your computer will grow with you, and what you expect out of it.
There are plenty of programs out there that can help increase the speed of a computer, and one of the best free programs is Piriform’s CCleaner software. CCleaner clears unneeded and temporary information from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Windows, Microsoft Office and others. It can find a whole lot of junk that your pack-rat computer just couldn’t part with of its own volition. Getting rid of this unneeded clutter can help computers respond faster while performing certain tasks.
Do you see all those little icons down next to the clock? Those are all programs currently running in the background of your computer. Each and every little hieroglyph is available system memory that can’t be used while working on important projects or watching Youtube. CCleaner can also remove the startup items you don’t need running all the time. Adobe Flash; Adobe Reader; any Google, Apple, or HP software; Microsoft Office and Sun’s OpenOffice; Dell, Sony, Toshiba, Acer, Gateway and eMachines stock programs – all of these have unnecessary updaters and speed launchers that can be eliminated using the CCleaner program. Most user’s see no benefit from many of these programs even if they are aware of their existence. Removing them can take a great burden off an already stressed computer.
If you have questions about what any of the items are, it’s always best to leave it alone or do a quick Web search to find out what a particular startup item is. Any computer new or old can benefit from a tune-up here and there, and CCleaner is a great place to start.
Beyond CCleaning, we at Geek Easy offer a full tune-up service for $70. We remove all the things CCleaner can help you get rid of and more. We optimize certain aspects of the operating system that are too technical for the average user to tackle in a process that is customized for each version of Windows. We take a look at startup services which do not show themselves down in the taskbar and cannot be removed with CCleaner. We run full maintenance on the file system to remove any errors or fragmentation issues. We run full software updates to make sure Windows is running smoothly and efficiently. We offer to fully uninstall any programs you would like to get rid of, and we do a hardware assessment to see if your computer could benefit from a cheap, immediate upgrade.
So stop in to Geek Easy and ask us about a tune-up. Your computer will thank you, and you’ll feel better every time the computer starts up just as fast as it used to or faster.
To check out CCleaner, visit http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
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