THE SOFTWARE JUNKARD

One way to speed up a slow computer is get rid of programs you no longer use. Junk never sleeps, it just sits there, getting in the way.

Since we run all the programs we write about, the main computer gets pretty crowded after a while. Joy had 353 programs and it was starting to make disturbing noises and threatened to go on strike. Using Windows “add/remove programs” tool from the Control Panel, would not only have been a major pain in the gluteus maximus, but would have taken a lot of time as well.

Another sticky problem is that Windows add/remove tool sometimes leaves behind bits and pieces, which can continue to mess up your machine. So Joy tried the free “Revo Uninstaller” from download.com.

After installing the software, you can click on the “tools” icon to get three tools: Autorun Manager, Windows Tools and Junk Files Cleaner. The “Autorun Manager” tells you which programs start up when your computer starts up. Remove the ones you don’t need.

Revo Uninstaller has been downloaded over three million times. Joy is now one of those downloaders and after about an hour’s work, she got the computer down to 186 programs. Those are the ones she needs, she says.

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