My current PC is now over a year old and the famuly have been using the internet most days. The bright young Mesh is getting a little slower and I was thinking about an internet or web trace cleaner to rid the hard disc of the tens of thousands of odd images, files etc that must be cluttering things up. WinClear abd Evidence Exterminator seem to fit the bill but on trying to download either I was faced with a box telling me that I was not Authorised to view that page. I tried to e.mail the producers only to find that OE wouldnt allow me to send an e.mail. Have I put the security of the nation at risk or is there a more simple explanation?
You can get rid of quite a ot of junk without going outside. In IE, <Tools><Internet Options>, check History, and make sure that the number of days (probably the default of 20 days but could be s high as 999 days) is as low as you can get it - now you also clear your current history.
However, I doubt this is the cause of your slow PC. More likely your Hard disk needs defraging. <Start><Programs><Accesories><System Tools><Disk Defragmenter>.
I use both CCleaner and Cleanup! They are free and very good. Would also recommend something like Regseeker from click here to clean your registry, it's also free. Also don't forget to defrag once in a while as xania says.
I dread to think of the state of bowbells pc/laptop. It still amazes me how people can be so errm lazy when it comes to all this sort of stuff, despite all the free help and advice available on & offline. I mean, would people let their house get into such a mess as they do their pc's? Ok, don't answer that ..........................
Many thanks to all of you who have responded to my querie, even Bogbrain. I must explain that I come from a generation which considered an abacus as cutting edge technology, even so I have in place Ad-Aware Personal and Ashampoo Win Optimizer Platinum for general and daily cleanup. However I am concerned that there may be residual traces of internet activity which is not being picked up and cleaned by these programs. I have looked at all the programs suggested and wonder if they are able to completely destroy all trace of personal or commercial activity. Once again thank you all for your held and suggestions, now I am off for my afternoon lie down.
Most just delete the rubbish, which should be plenty. If however you want something a bit more secure, use CCleaner and when installed go to Options/Settings and select secure deletion, you can then select:- one, three or seven overwrites.