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CNET Membership newsletter March 8, 2004 

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Dear CNET members:
Wow, after reading all those great responses from last week's question, I even got my computer starting up in a jiffy--no more lawn mowing while waiting for my computer to boot up! Here's the answer to last week's question:

1 Lately my PC seems to take forever to boot up. I’m running Windows XP with plenty of RAM. Any ideas? --Submitted by Wendy T., from Randolph, NJ

1. Do a disk cleanup. This will remove some of the junk that is cluttering up your system.
2. If necessary, clear out your temp files manually.
3. Uninstall any software you will not ever use.
4. Clean up the Windows registry with a commercial grade software package such as Norton SystemWorks.
5. Remove any un-needed icons from the Windows desktop and Start menu tree.
6. Run MSCONFIG and remove any rarely used programs from the Windows task bar. the Windows task bar.
7. Defragment the hard drive.

--Submitted by member: Ben M. of Harvard, MA
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I'm donating my old PC to charity. What should I do to make sure all of my information is completely gone?

--Submitted by member: Jack K. of Jacksonville, FL

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1 Windows Disk Cleanup utility not responding
One good way to clean out clutter in your PC is to delete some of those temporary files in your system by using the Windows Disk Cleanup utility. But what if you initiate the utility only to find out that it's not responding after a reasonable period of time? Is it broken? Find out more in this discussion about what to expect and how to get it working again. More from the Computer Help forum

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While technology advances at a rapid pace, you can bet that computer parasites such as spyware, viruses, and hijackers are keeping up and becoming savvier. So what do you do? Become proactive instead of waiting around to see what happens next. Here in this thread are some great tools that our moderators and members put together so that you can go on the offensive in the fight against those nasty parasites. More from the Virus & Security forum

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