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Old 07-13-2011, 08:26 AM
LS04 LS04 is offline
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How to prevent junk files

Does anybody know how to prevent your computer from storing junk files? I run System Care program every day due to slow performance and it shows 2-3K junk files. I assume this will slow things down. I also run Ccleaner and defrag almost on a daily basis. Thank You for any advice in this matter.

P.S. Its a compaq laptop with Windos XP if that matters.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:52 AM
Morgenstern Morgenstern is offline
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Does anybody know how to prevent your computer from storing junk files? I run System Care program every day due to slow performance and it shows 2-3K junk files. I assume this will slow things down. I also run Ccleaner and defrag almost on a daily basis. Thank You for any advice in this matter.

P.S. Its a compaq laptop with Windos XP if that matters.
When I experience slowing, I go to MSCONFIG and check the startup menu. Look and see what's running in memory. Then research things you may question.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:39 AM
Al Bundy Al Bundy is offline
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Over correcting

You are working too hard to maintain your system. It's just not necessary and over working your hard drive. Those files are not causing a perceptible slow down of your system. If slowness is a problem, look elsewhere.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:54 AM
KneadToKnow KneadToKnow is offline
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Just the mere fact that there are files on your hard drive won't significantly affect the performance of your computer. Yes, if you have 1.99TB of files on a 2 TB system and somehow they are all on the inside tracks of the disk and your operating system has somehow found its way to the outer tracks, then there probably will be a measurable difference.

What slows a computer down, as Morgenstern points out, is programs actually running, using up cycles on the processor and memory.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:28 AM
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Don't worry about them. Temporary files (and the like) being created is completely normal. If anything, deleting a bunch of temp files may decrease performance; they can be, for example, saving portions of frequently used sites so they don't need to constantly be redownloaded.
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