Clean out your computer day shouldn’t be lost on freelancers

It might be a US-born tradition, but backers of the annual ‘Clean Out Your Computer Day’ have shown there’s good cause for PC users on this side of the pond to follow suit.

Speaking yesterday, a provider of PC optimisation tools said that an analysis of Twitter found that more than 1,000 tweets a month by Britons centre on frustration with their sluggish PCs.

Pressing its case, iolo technologies cited another study showing that half of Brits annoyed at their creaking PCs reacted by abusing colleagues, screaming, shouting or hurling bits of the computer.

Some took it out on the source of the problem, shows the study by the British Association of Anger Management, and have physically struck their PC’s monitor or hard-drive.

“Whether using computers at home or in a work environment, everyone has at some point experienced frustration with slow PCs,” said JJ Schoch, a vice president at iolo.

“It can be a challenge to remember to routinely clean out your computer - that’s why we feel having a day dedicated to maintaining your computer is so important.”

The firm, which claims its System Mechanic tool has helped millions of people stuck on unresponsive PCs, offers these ‘Clean Out’ tips to boost the chances of a speedy system:

  1. Delete unused, old or duplicate files, emails, email addresses, bookmarks and favorites.
  2. Organise your files. Make sure to use a logical file naming system and put them into folders that make sense and are easy to remember and access.
  3. Defragment your hard drive. While it won’t categorize your files (you have to do that manually), defragmentation will speed up your access to them, again saving you valuable time.
  4. Back up your files and programs at least every month . Imagine all the time wasted if your files are lost. Back up regularly to a separate device like a portable hard drive or set up an automatic online back-up service.
  5. Uninstall programs that you no longer need or use. Make sure they are completely uninstalled and do not leave any residual clutter.
  6. Once you’ve uninstalled unused program, make sure to clean out your registry as well . Invalid or out-of-date registry settings can slow down your computer’s boot time.
  7. Further improve your computer’s start-up time by removing unnecessary start-up items. Many programs lodge themselves in start-up without your knowledge. Remove them!
  8. Once you’ve organised all your files into folders, make sure all the shortcuts are still accurate .
  9. For an ultimate clean out, consider software designed to permanently wipe data from hard drives. O pt for these tools if you are planning on donating your computer to make sure your personal information is not recoverable.
  10. For a complete PC clean out on Clean Out Your Computer Day, don’t forget your PC’s outside. Clean the screen, dust the keyboard, clean the mouse. After all, your computer deserves some pampering too!


11th February 2013

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