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Spring Cleaning for Your PC

Techstination feature for Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Spring cleaning time…don't forget your computer. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. This is the time of year when lots of folks clean out the garage….or the yard…to get rid of clutter. Chances are your PC has lots of clutter too. There are plenty of products available that can help. Microsoft has been adding to the features of Windows Live OneCare…taking on the likes of Symantec…maker of the Norton line of utilities…and others. The focus, says Windows Live OneCare senior director Amy Barzdukas, is on providing a single PC maintenance suite that is simple enough for everyday users...

"Over time, as you save information to your hard drive, you can think of it as if you are trying to pull your taxes together. All of your receipts are stored in filing cabinets all over the house. That's called fragmenting on the hard drive and so defragging your hard drive … there is a utility in Windows that is relatively easy to run. Again a product like Windows Live OneCare will run that on a regular basis so you don't find yourself in quite that bad of a situation."

The price…about fifty dollars for a one year subscription that covers up to three PCs in the household.

"Windows Live OneCare brings all of those PCs together under one subscription and gives you a centralized view into the security and the status of all the PCs in your home network."
Whether you go with Microsoft…or a competing product…a little clean up can improve performance and save you from headaches down the road. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.