>> ...if you actually have that enhanced recycle bin enabled.
True, you can change that one, the title, directly from the desktop. I reckon there's a way to change the icon (of the regular recycle bin or any other) via the registry as well. If you ever used the old Win98 desktop themes, it had various icons for the recycle bin and all the others. I think XP and 2K have that too, but in earlier times when my computer didn't have the abundance of cheap memory, it seemed to me it bogged things down a bit. Now running XP Pro with more RAM aded to the same machine, the performance seems to be more constant whatever the extras are that I'm running, but I'm just bored with the themes (of which there were only about four that I thought had any coolness).
On Norton SystemWorks 2003 I just run autoprotect at the default settings, plus the protected recycle bin and LiveUpdate. Those don't seem to be a drag at all, but yeah, on a machine with less than today's usual 256 Megs of RAM, they seem to stop it in it's tracks.
posted on 12/09/2003 9:26:45 PM PST
by Clinging Bitterly
(This tagline has been used before, so I won't repeat it.)
To: Dave in Eugene of all places
You may be interested to know you can look at a lot of the dead weight spyware
running on your computer by looking in the Registry at this key:
This is where a lot of the homepage hijacker and ad-popup stuff resides. Worse, some of it provides servers that run all the time that the vendor can check at any moment to get personal information about you and your browsing habits. Others are tasks that eat up RAM all the time even though they are features you rarely use - qttask.exe (Apple's quicktime) is a classic example, and its key can be safely deleted without disabling you from using QuickTime. All this bloat is why we have to have 256 megs of RAM (I REFUSE to buy more RAM than this, since I remember the days when 64K was considered generous, but that's just me).
Be careful what you delete, since some of the processes in the Run keys are legitimate components of the operating system, like WinStart.exe. If I don't know what something is, I do a "Search for Files" on my hard drive, find the file. If it's in the WINNT folder, I look at its properties to make sure it's not part of Microsoft Windows before deleting both the file and the key.
It's also a good idea to delete your cookies every so often, since they also can be used to track you. Just some thoughts.
posted on 12/09/2003 9:48:01 PM PST
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