Your Windows PC Is A Compulsive Hoarder – 2 Super Quick Tips To Cure It

Your computer is a compulsive hoarder and its house looks like this:

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All those boxes in the picture represent a bunch of files and folders (which we’ll call “crap” from now on) that you never see or use and that your computer never uses either. But for one demented reason or the other, your computer is compelled to “hang on” to this crap…just in case. The truth is, that “just in case” moment rarely comes up. And whenever you want to do anything useful on your computer, this crap will slow you down; much like the crap in the picture would slow down the “inhabitant” of that house.

As tools of intervention, I use two pieces of free software that will, basically, clean up your computer. These are CCleaner and Spybot SD.

CCleaner takes care of files that are stuck in a kind of computer “purgatory.” It will remove files that you never see or use but that also actively clog up your PC such as temporary files and a bunch of other crap that your computer decides to horde for no reason. To get rid of this stuff, follow these instructions:

1. Click this link, download, install. (It’s default settings will be just fine, but if you want a deeper scrub and know what you’re doing, you can choose what CCleaner cleans really easily by ticking the boxes on the center left. Careful though, the defaults include your recycle bin, so if there’s something in there you might actually want later, uncheck the “Empty recycle bin” box. I actually choose not to clean my internet browser (Firefox) stuff because I have stored passwords and histories I’d rather keep. I’ll do it once in a while, though.

2. Click “Analyze” on the bottom left. CCleaner will then scan your computer for all the crap it doesn’t need to hold on to; much like a concerned family member going through that house in the picture. You don’t actually need to click “analyze” first, it’s mostly so you can see what CCleaner picked up to. Makes it more satisfying when you delete it all, too.

3. Click “Run cleaner” on the bottom right and it will delete all the offending items.

CCleaner can also clean up your registry by deleting registry keys that are no longer used, such as leftover files from a program you uninstalled.

1. Just click “Registry” on the very left, then click “Scan for issues” on the bottom left and it shows you all the registry crap that your computer processes for no reason whatsoever which slows it down.

2. Click “Fix selected issues” on the bottom right to get rid of it all.

Spybot SD (Search and Destroy) will, quite literally, search and destroy any malware/adware you’ve piled up without knowing.

1. Click this link, download, install.

2. Click “Check for problems” on the main menu. It will scan your computer, taking about 10-15 minutes, and list all the extra crap that’s been slowing down your computer and internet speeds.

3. Satisfyingly click “Fix selected issues” and it will delete this malware/adware.

Once in a while, like any other software, you’ll need to update CCleaner. For Spybot SD, I suggest clicking “Search for updates” and downloading the updates every time you open it because new malware/adware emerges all the time. To do so, click “Search for updates”, don’t bother choosing a country, just click “Continue” at the bottom, then click “Download.” Then click “Check for problems.” You should do this every couple months if you want to keep your computer running almost like new.

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3 New iPhones This Year? Maybe…

Apple may release three phones this year, and it makes sense. This trifecta includes a new iPhone 5S, which is about 99% certain. I’ve also been drowning in rumors about an iPhone with a larger screen than the 5 called the “iPhone Plus” along with a plastic iPhone that will come in iPod colors.

Many will associate these plastic iPhone whispers with the “cheaper” iPhone rumors. But it has been said that changing the shell materials to plastic wouldn’t make much of an economic impact on production and, therefore, sales price. If Apple’s intention is to break into the lower-end market, it might actually be planning to re-release the iPhone 4S with colorful plastic shells rather than introducing a brand new “cheaper” iPhone.

It makes sense that Apple should expand their phone offerings to occupy more display space. Take an average phone store for example. Let’s just say there are 8 Android phones and 2 iPhones on display. Now, I’m no retail guru, but I’d say it’s common sense that a product taking up 80% of the display space is more likely to sell than a product only occupying 20%. Sure, the iPhones are highly coveted, but Android phones with different shapes, sizes, specs, models, brands and prices are becoming more and more desirable…even to me. In terms of quality, Apple used to dominate completely, but the competition is catching up REALLY fast.

Also, several new premium Android phones are released per year by different manufacturers. We’ve only been getting one iPhone release per year (yes, boohoo, only 1 a year, but we’re in an age of tech frenzy here). This drives more excitement and attention towards Android phones as our hunger for new, bigger and better phones is satisfied by ANDROID, not Apple.

It wouldn’t be foreign of Apple to release at least one new line of iPhone. Just take a gander at the different iPod models they offer; there are four different lines with different shapes, sizes, colors and prices. Whilst your on the Apple website, notice the different laptop models they offer. You’ll find Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros with different screen sizes, specs and prices. So why not the iPhone?

We’ve all heard the cliche that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” If Apple continues to release only one line of iPhone, it would be insane.