Compute IT. With Wayne Parkinson.

cCleaner
This is the first of several programs I will be promoting that I use on my computer and will assist in preserving the smooth running of your computer.
Most people are unaware that every time you use your computer it generates temporary files which accumulate on your hard disk.  It is not the space that these files occupy, but the fact that all files must be indexed by the computer so it knows where to find them.  Even more files are stored on your computer each time you go off cruising on the internet.  You think “I didn’t download anything”, unfortunately this is not true.  All web pages are made up of files for text, images, videos and headings.  These files are stored on your computer and then your browser, Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer re-assembles these files into the page you see.
If these files are not periodically cleaned out they consume disk space at an alarming rate. The most I have seen is just over 310 thousand!  These temporary files are not located in just one convenient place and easy to get rid of.  They are all over the disk and tricky to find.  How many do you think you have?
cCleaner is a neat program that does all the finding and deleting for you.  Better yet it’s free. Once you download, install and run cCleaner you will see how many temporary files were lurking on your computer.  If you sometimes want files back from your Recycle Bin, clear the tick from the “Empty Recycle bin” option under the System Menu before you run it.
I suggest you run cCleaner just before you shut down your computer so all the temporary files from your current computing session will be deleted.  By doing this you are also taking a bit more care of the smooth running of the computer.  Some of the “nasties” that arrive on your computer store themselves in some of the temp folders.  Next time you start the computer some of these files will be activated and cause a bit of havoc.  So, if you run cCleaner and rip out all the temporary files, these “nasties” are no longer there and cannot cause any harm.
As with most free versions of software, you must read each screen carefully during the installation process.  To keep the versions free, the authors have included additional software that will be installed if you fail to remove, or add, ticks in the appropriate tick boxes.  Don’t rush this process and read each screen carefully.

Wayne’s Tip of the Month.
How do I increase the font size in my internet browser? There are a few ways of doing this.  Try holding down the Ctrl (Control) key and tap the “Plus” key on the numeric keypad at the right of your keyboard. Using Ctrl and “Minus” will reduce the font size.  Another easy method is to hold down the Ctrl key and roll the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you. Roll the wheel towards you to decrease font size.

Evening Computer Classes.
Check out the upcoming sessions for the remainder of the year listed in the February issue of Inside Eastside.
If you need help with this, or would just like to chat about your options, give me a call at 345-6098.  To find out more about this, follow this link:
http://www.abingdon.co.nz/insideeastside.html

Wayne Parkinson
Abingdon Computing Essentials
www.abingdon.co.nz
Phone – 345-6098
Contact Wayne for all your virus and computer fixes or training needs.