Technology: Spring Cleaning For Your PC

Is your computer underperforming? Online activities such as downloading music, installing programs and accidentally opening strange e-mails can crimp the efficiency of even the fastest machines. Here are five steps for keeping your Windows clear. --By Maryanne Murray Buechner

CLEAN AND DISINFECT

Spyware--programs that covertly send information about your Web activities to third parties--is often a big reason a computer is acting sluggish. Fix it with software like Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition (download free at lavasoftusa.com or Spy Sweeper 3.5 webroot.com $29.95 for a one-year subscription). To avoid future digital insurgencies, set your Web browser to block...

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