"What are you putting on there now?!" My mother's friend eyed me with suspicion. She had originally called me over to fix a problem with her router. That took whole seconds, but in the gushing thanks that followed, she had mentioned how slowly her computer loaded websites. I had a solution.
"It's my favorite program ever." I reassured her. "It removes all of those cache files, dodgy registry keys and cookies that are eating away at your CPU capacity."
She blinked. "In English please?"
I considered it. I needed an analogy with which she might identify. "You know if you were to use the cooker without cleaning it, you'd eventually end up with a load of gunk down the back?" I watched her expression. She was staring at me. "Carry on and it'll clog up the grills, leaving you with lots of smoke, a bad smell and a cooker you can no longer use."
"So," my mother's friend glared, "you're saying I'm a sloppy housekeeper?"
"Maybe just on the computer." I replied, conscious that I was standing in a scrupulously clean home. "Let's see."
I ran CCleaner. It's a program that I try to get onto every single computer that I'm called to fix. I have geek friends who carry it around on memory sticks attached to their keyring. It's the first port of call for the majority of PC savvy people I know, when faced with a sluggish machine. I dread to think how many times I've personally run it during the past few years.
To this day, that computer holds the record of being the most gunk clogged system I have ever encountered. It's the standard by which I reassure everyone else. If it had been a cooker, it would have long since passed the smoke stage.
By the time I left, she was all grins. She hadn't known that websites could appear instantaneously. I'd showed her how to use CCleaner and, as a houseproud woman, she was going to run it every day. She's not had to call me back since. Her computer, she informs me whenever she sees me, is running like a dream.
Yay! Glad to hear it. It's a program which I not only use regularly myself, but recommend to everyone I know.
I've just used it and want to thank you, Jo. It's swept the cobwebs out and not just hidden the dust under the carpet!
I agree with you all the way there. I have a copy on my pen drive too.
I'v been using this for years, love it. Does its job with little to no fuss and works across several different platforms. I keep a copy on my thumb drive along with AVG and a few other helpful free tools
I do the same thing before I try anything, then I ask around on forums too. I have folk whom I trust to give me their opinion.
A couple of my friends do use CCleaner on Mac too. One them works in the Apple shop. :)
I haven't heard of ccleaner. I always use cnet.com to check out programs and they give ccleaner and good rating. I use a Mac, so I rarely have problems, but I'm going to recommend this to my friends who have PCs
Have you run the Norton 360 tune-up feature? What i'm aiming at here is completely clearing your cache for Wizzley. Beyond that, I think we'd be in the realm of drivers or software needing to be up-dated.
Jo, I have the deluxe Norton 360. It does all of this. I don't know what is going on. Some strange things for sure.
You're very welcome. :) It's one of those programs which I find indispensable.
Thanks for this!