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Hints From Heloise: Uninstall programs that you know you don’t need

Dear Heloise: Here is my hint to keep computers running smoothly and save on storage space:

Occasionally, I go to the control panel on my computer and click on “uninstall programs.” It pulls up a list of all the programs installed on my computer. I scroll through and uninstall anything I don’t need, don’t use or may have been installed on my computer accidentally. A lot of times, when you download one thing, it downloads a companion program that you might not need.

A word of caution: Make sure you know what you are uninstalling and that you don’t need a program before you uninstall it. If you aren’t sure, don’t do it!

Pat J. in Chicago

Dear Heloise: When I fly, I use a tote in which I slip my purse, the quart-size travel bag allowed of liquids, e-reader, earplugs, face mask and scarf. It keeps my purse clean if stowed, and keeps those items handy.

Peggy R., Kilgore, Texas

Dear Heloise: We have lots of spiders here in Western Washington. I let them stay over winter so they don’t freeze, but that means that my house has many cobwebs. I have cleaned some of them with my feather duster, but now I need your advice as to how to clean a feather duster.

Marilyn T., Washougal, Wash.

Dear Marilyn: How nice for you to provide a winter condo for the spiders! Cleaning a real feather duster is easy to do: Use cornmeal and a large paper or plastic bag. Place the duster in the bag, and add a cup or two of cornmeal. Close the bag and shake, shake, shake. You probably want to step outside when you take the duster out of the bag. Shake clean and you are done!

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