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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Daily TWiP - National Clean Up Your Computer Month

Week in Preview

Welcome to Daily TWiP, your daily dose of all the holidays and history we couldn’t cram into The Week in Preview.

Your computer is running so slowly, you have time to do a load of laundry while you’re waiting for a program to open. Set aside some time during the month of January and give your hard drive a much-needed cleaning in celebration of National Clean Up Your Computer Month.

Update your virus protection and run a full system scan, clearing out all those nasty little Trojans and spyware programs that have been hibernating in your hard drive. You’ll be amazed at how much more quickly your computer will run without all that excess baggage.

Don’t forget about the cookies and the temporary files stored by your Internet browser. Those can also contribute to a sluggish computer.

Once you’ve taken care of these maintenance basics, you can really start cleaning. Delete duplicate files - for example, the four identical versions of “Love Shack” you downloaded because you couldn’t figure out where the previous ones had ended up.

Consider burning those pictures you took during your big vacation four years ago to CD to free up some memory and deleting those not-quite-flattering snapshots you never got around to getting rid of. With the files you do decide to keep, pictures and otherwise, organize them in folders in such a way that you can find them again when you need them.

And last but not least, clean out your inbox. E-mail accounts tend to be stored on a separate server, so paring down your messages won’t affect your computer’s speed and functionality, but there’s nothing so instantly rewarding as a squeaky-clean inbox.

Daily TWiP appears Monday through Friday courtesy of The Week in Preview. Check out The Week in Preview online in our Columnists section at http://www.nashuatelegraph.com or read it in print on Mondays in our Nashua and Region section.

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- Teresa Santoski