With budgets busted, small businesses are keeping computers longer, making PC tuneups more critical than ever. According to OnForce, a giant network of IT service pros, service calls to fix pooped-out PCs have skyrocketed 65% over 12 months as more companies opt to fix rather than buy. And OnForce projects a continuation of that trend.
Don't wait until your PCs break or get clogged with digital goop - that's both dangerous and expensive for your business. WhatWorks: Run PC tune-up software to clean out clutter, fix faulty settings and speed up systems. To do that, go with the leader. System Mechanic 8.5, from Iolo, is the best selling PC tune-up software and has garnered great reviews from computer magazines and websites. It can boost your PC speed and help eliminate slowdowns, crashes and freezes. Right now, What Works readers can get 50% off the regular $49.99 cost of System Mechanic with a special PC cleanout offer. (If you order elsewhere, enter "CLEANOUT" as the discount code at checkout.) The software is valid for three PCs. And while most features work forever, you can also sign up for yearly updates.
Here are five top System Mechanic PC cleanup tips:
1. Delete old or duplicate files, emails, email addresses, bookmarks and favorites. With System Mechanic's "Remove Junk Files", "Remove Internet Debris" or "Find Duplicate Files" tools, you can recover a lot of lost space .
2. Defragment your hard drive. This will speed up your access to files, again saving you time. A "Defragment Hard Drive" tool also defragments Windows system files, with further speed improvements.
3. Uninstall programs you no longer need or use. To make sure they are completely uninstalled and do not leave any residual clutter, use System Mechanic's "Remove Installed Programs" to uninstall even the most stubborn components.
4. Once you've uninstalled unused programs, be sure to clean out your registry as well. Invalid or out-of-date registry settings can slow down your PC boot time. Use "Repair Registry Problems" and "Defragment and Compact Registry" featurs to lower your boot time.
5. You can improve start time further by removing unnecessary startup items. Many programs lodge themselves in startup without you knowing it. Remove them using System Mechanic's "Optimize Windows Startup" tool.