Post 5 – Popeye Needs His Spinach (PC Maintenance)

I yam what I yam! Popeye, a hero with crazy arms and also the name of my laptop, needs spinach, or at least the fortitude to fight off pirates. PC Maintenance software won’t blow up your arms, so let’s compare it to a multi-vitamin. As an semi-avid vitamin taker, the top time I notice vitamins’ benefits happen when I miss a few days…and…I…slow…down. Don’t worry; PC Maintenance software works better for your computer than my bathroom bottom drawer of pills does for me.

The top contender that enters our figurative ring (search engine) sits in the red corner, weighs a trim 5.08MB (15MB fully clothed/downloaded), and wears the awkward number 5.02.5101: Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting CC Cleaner (if you don’t care to read my attempt at reviews-and-humor and want to just download it, click here), a five-star product on the Major Geeks website!

CC Cleaner’s “daddy”, Piriform, started in 2004 and the company state they want to protect your privacy. So far so good!

With over 1 billion installations (but who is counting?) and already cleaning 25% of the world’s PC’s, Piriform sums it up, techie style:

“Our team is a combination of late-working, highly-skilled staff and a heavy dose of caffeine.”

That’s my kind of people! Their technical support follows the traditional Choose-your-own-adventure If-then scenario (If-your-problem-is-this-click-here-If-not-click-there options). For everyone else, here’s the technical support email link.

Like me, they might recommend this way to fix your computer dead last.

The software cleans all web browser cookies, history, temporary files, and carpets (no, not really). It also takes out the trash from your recycle bin, like a good husband.

The setup takes about three minutes, as long as a Willie Nelson song (or about as long as he is sober each day – love you Willie). A series of simple questions let you customize nicely, and what rocks is that you can choose which applications to clean.  Popeye cleaned quickly, but the speed all depends on how much chaos you have stored on your system.

Two notes before you begin.  First, if you’re like me and shop Amazon.com or keep passwords stored in your browser, write those down prior to running CC Cleaner.  Odds are they won’t be erased, but play it safe.  Secondly, if you choose to clean your registry with this software, be VERY careful. Registry’s immunity to the undo button (Ctrl-Z) means once gone, the file sleeps with the fishes, and so might your computer. Create a backup of your files before you clean up the registry. We will visit backup systems in a later blog.

Huzzah y’all!

Will

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