Take Out The Trash?

United States
March 13, 2009 7:14pm CST
How often do you take out your computer's trash? How often do you empty the recycling bin, permanently delete messages in your e-mail's deleted items folder, delete temp internet files and cookies? I admit I don't do these things as often as I should. I only empty my recycling bin when I notice there's something in it... and considering I usually leave a website or my e-mail open all day, I tend not to notice things on my desktop very often. My deleted items folder has had hundreds and hundreds of deleted mail in it before I've emptied it. At the moment it has over 100 messages. I delete my cookies and temp files whenever I notice my computer being more sluggish than usual. These are just things I forget to take the time to do. What about you?
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24 responses
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
14 Mar 09
hello katsmeow i empty my recycle bin everytime that i see something may be in it. and i do delete all of my read e-mail messages that i get and send to the trash can, on a daily basis. sometimes, i delete my e-mail messages three or four times a day. lol just depends. and i do delete my temporary internet files and the cookies on a daily basis as well, if not three or four times a day. lol and this morning, my laptop wasn't acting correctly, so i ran the disk defragmenter on it, (i hope that i spelt that correctly) and then i re-booted the laptop and the rest of the day today, knock on wood, i haven't had many problems with it at all, if any. i do think that doing these necessary things to our computers at least once a day, will aid in helping the computer to work faster and better like that it should. take care and have a beautiful evening.
• United States
14 Mar 09
I haven't run a defrag in a long time. I started to last week, but then decided I had to delete some programs, so I stopped it, then forgot to start it again. I should get that done soon!
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• United States
14 Mar 09
I try and do it about once a week. At least the temp internet files and the recycle bin. And every couple of weeks I do a disc cleanup to clear out space, but I probably should be doing it more than that. It's easy enough to completely forget them, especially if you're always busy on the computer!
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• United States
14 Mar 09
It is easy to forget, and it takes up a lot of time! I like to spend my time on the computer doing other things.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I empty the recycling bin every time there is something in it. I probably clear my cookies once or twice a week. I used to do it several times a day when I was doing GPT stuff, but not so much anymore. As far as my email goes I very rarely think to go in and delete permanently the emails I delete.
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@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I try to clean my computer up about once a week. I do a disc clean-up about every thre months.
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@tenorio (10)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I'm horrible about doing this. I keep telling myself that tomorrow I'll clean up the computer and get rid of old programs, documents, etc. But tomorrow just doesn't seem to get here...LOL
@laglen (19782)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I only empty my trash bin when I have deleted files. I defrag and dump cookies, temp files, run scans and anti viruses, etc about 2-3 times a week. My email I don't dump. Just in case.......
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I delete my trash in my email folder a few times a day. I just get tired of it looking DARK. I hardly ever put anything in the recycle bin on my desktop, so it does stick out if something is in it, so I just delete each time I see something in it. I occasionally delete the temp files and cookies. I use a program on my computer that cleans those up quite often and gets rid of other things as well as fixing problems in the registry. I love the program!
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14 Mar 09
I this a chore that anyone does? LOL, except maybe mums! i think we all see this as a mums job. I dont know why but i think we do. As i am living in my own house now and i have my own family, i take the trash out so, going against what i said, the man of the house is doing it here! I think we give and take to do chore around the house, but, she doesn't half moan when she has to do somthing! lol Dan Alldred
14 Mar 09
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• United States
14 Mar 09
I think you misunderstood the conversation... you should read it again! The whole thing!
14 Mar 09
Dnt be daft, what do ya think the '';)'' was for lol Dan
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
16 Mar 09
I actuallyt do this about every few weeks - at least once a month. The reason being is that my computer becomes so slow. Once I had nearly a thousand messages to delete and my pc was barely working! So from then, every few weeks or so.
@gemini_rose (16193)
15 Mar 09
I do not do these things as often as I should do actually. I have nearly 700 emails in my trash can at the moment and I cannot remember the last time I cleared my cookies and my computer is playing up a bit so I know that I need to do it soon. I just do not think about it, I will be moaning when my computer will not run properly!!
@GreenMoo (11842)
15 Mar 09
I empty the deleted emails probably every few days, but I very rarely look at anything else. I suppose I just do it when the computer starts to run a bit slowly actually. It's something I just don't really think about much.
• United States
14 Mar 09
everytime i send something to the recycle bin or delete an email, then i permantaly delete my files. i don't want all that backing up.
• India
14 Mar 09
I am very lazy to all these issues .
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
14 Mar 09
i delete my trash and temporary internet files on a daily basis and i do the disk defragmenter at least every two weeks
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
14 Mar 09
i often do that like 5 times in a week. cause it is really that i erase them so that i can free my computer of too unneeded data. so that my computer will run faster cause i don't have high computer speed because of the specs of my computer is not that big or high. anyways, though i am just using the computer for internet and not for downloading. i still need to save as much as data space or memory on it. sometimes i forget to erase it or many times actually. but when i notice that the computer is sluggish as you have mentioned then i will just remember to erase them.
@delkar (1716)
• Romania
14 Mar 09
well, i take out my comuter trash almost every day. The recycle bin it`s empty always, because i really detele all that`s there every day. The cookies are so bad sometimes, and makes my computer so slow. My antivurus find a lot more than i can find for my own, and i delete them from my antivirus, but weekcly i make that manually too. I defragment my computer each 1-2 months, depending of how much "traffic" was in my computer. As about the mail, since yahoo added untimited space to our mailbox, i really don`t do that . Just when i want to search an e-mail from a friend or something like that. Then i`m getting mad, and i`m deleting almost all.
• United States
14 Mar 09
pretty much daily but sometimes it is every other day
@dik_an (475)
• Malaysia
14 Mar 09
I take out the trash in my email every I sign up my email account, especially my yahoo account. It is because, there are hundreds emails over there from some mailing list, blogs, and friendster. I do not like the waiting mails and I do not have time to open it one by one. I also clean my trash bin in my laptop everyday hoho. I do not know why, i just like to see my bin empty hoho...
@mhelisa (102)
• Philippines
14 Mar 09
As much as possible I clean my computer once a day to prevent it from running slower.
@louisex2 (204)
• India
14 Mar 09
if u ppl want to do same as I did, then u can get it from here...[:)] http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1939133.aspx