28 March 2012

CLEAN YOUR COMPUTER

Computers need spring cleaning too. Here is a collection of free programmes that can help:

PC Decrapifier
There's probably a lot of unwanted junk installed in your computer. You could go through and remove each programme individually, but that would take ages. PC Decrapifier detects and removes many common trial programmes. These are often installed by manufacturers when you buy your new computer.

CCleaner
Every time you use your computer, it leaves traces... your surfing history, temporary files and cookies. This digital debris eventually clutters your computer and over time, slows down your computer. CCleaner is a comprehensive cleaning programme that will help you remove this clutter. It can also clean out file fragments, uninstall old programmes, and modify which programmes run at startup. It lets you specify exactly what types of items it can delete. You can also choose to analyse your hard drive first and then preview everything that CCleaner can delete.

CloneSpy
Duplicate files waste space on your computer, especially if you have large photo or music collections. CloneSpy is a free programme that can find and delete duplicate files. It will find and report duplicates. It can delete duplicates automatically so rather choose to move them to a separate folder for you to review first before deleting. Any files in the Windows folder should be left alone. These could be system files that Windows needs to function. Restrict your duplicate searches to your personal folders.

Duplicate Cleaner
Another cleaner. Indicate which folder to search and it will list all the duplicate files. Any files in the Windows folder should be left alone. These could be system files that Windows needs to function. Restrict your duplicate searches to your personal folders.

RESCUE A WET MOBILE PHONE

Dropping a mobile phone into the toilet is quite common, especially for those people who keep their phone in their back pocket. You can rescue a wet mobile phone by acting quickly. After recovering your phone from the toilet, remove the battery, pat it dry and set it aside. Pat the phone dry. Remove the sim card. Immerse the phone in a container of uncooked rice overnight. Rotate the phone every hour until your go to sleep. This helps draw out any water in the phone. Next morning, put the phone back together again and it should be working again.

RESIZE PHOTOS THE EASY WAY

Most photo editors can resize photos, but usually one photo at a time. When you need to resize a whole lot of photos, check out Image Resizer. This free small programme  installs in most versions of Windows. Once installed, you right-click a photo or group of photos, and then select Resize Pictures. You will see a screen with pre-set image sizes. Click the Advanced button to enter a custom image size. The programme automatically makes a copy of the photo to resize, leaving the original as is.