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What is causing your PC to feel bloated?
What's New at PC Pitstop, February 2006
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IN THIS ISSUE
Anti-Spyware Workshop Exposes Industry Antics
PC Pitstop CTO Dave Methvin just got back from the Anti-Spyware
Coalition Public Workshop. He showed pictures of recent ads that
clearly target young children to install unwanted software, even
though the software claims you must be 18 years old. Is there a
way for the Federal Trade Commission to stop this kind of child
and computer endangerment? Dave thinks so.
Fragmentation Dropping as Drives Get Bigger
Drive fragmentation is one of the biggest performance killers any
PC can experience. That's bad news, but the good news is that the
average PC has a more free space on its drive than it has in the
past. As a result, fragmentation is going down. Still, the best way
to keep your drive running at its fastest is to clean up junk files
and defragment your drive at least once a week. If the built-in
Windows defragger doesn't do the job, consider using Diskeeper.
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Performance Tip: Trim System Restore's Fat
The Windows XP System Restore feature is a lifesaver, but it often sucks up much more disk space than is necessary to provide a safe set of restore points. As a result your drive may experience slower performance and greater fragmentation. To change the disk space used by System Restore, click Start, Control Panel, System and go to the System Restore tab. Select the C drive and click Settings. Move the slider until you are using less than about 1500MB, but do not set the value for less than 400MB. For most systems that will offer at least a week's worth of restore points. Repeat for other non-removable hard drives you may have.
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