Ever wonder how much junk a Windows 7 PC picks up in a couple of days? You know – the stuff that slows down performance, makes shutting down lengthy if not impossible and slows down Internet speeds when it has everything to do with your PC and not your carrier.
Well, I’ve tracked it for two days and the total of 237 MB was less than I expected. To keep a running tally (see chart above), I could not delete the junk until the tests were completed. While I’ve complained how closed the Mac world, it’s this aspect of a Windows 7 PC that makes me appreciate why Apple takes the locked-down approach.
There really were only two big spikes between 11:02 a.m. 5:18 p.m. totaling (see chart above) totaling just shy of 156MB. That is when I was retweeting live tweets and video coming from the Apple iCloud announcementand HPDiscover. I suspect those activities generated the most junk. I religiously delete this junk at least once a day using Piriform’s CCleaner.
As I have mentioned. 237 MB was lower than I thought my six-month-old Windows 7 PC would collect. On other PCs that I clean less frequently, I’ve removed a gigabyte or more.
Another surprise was my machine only collected 2 MB of junk overnight. I thought that would be more, too. In fact, I make it a habit of shutting my machine down because when left on overnight: otherwise it always run slower the next morning. Windows 7 seems to be falling back into the same old bad habits that made its predecessors suspect although the current version is only one that forced me to conduct a System Restore.
The biggest junk collector on my PC is Google Chrome. I can’t answer whether this is due to my Chrome settings. A lot of junk can eliminated by barring cookies and setting privacy settings higher, but would make it impossible to work using the Internet.
What’s your experience on the junk front and how do you handle it?
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