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4. Hulu

Hulu is one of the top video-streaming services, and the selection of currently airing shows and popular movies is still impressive. But it's easy to get lost when you're trying to find something new to watch.

Head over to the Recommendations page at http://www.hulu.com/recommendations to see what Hulu thinks you'll like. These choices are based on things you've watched and rated in the past. You can refine them by being sure to rate everything you watch. Also, on the Recommendations page, you can click the "Yes" and "No" buttons to tell Hulu if the recommendation is something you want to see.

5. Netflix

If you're watching streaming video, it's a good bet you use, or at least tried, Netflix. The site reinvented movie-watching, and it’s still the top dog in online videos. I also think its recommendation system is usually spot-on. Of course, it can still make mistakes, or someone else might have used your account and thrown it off.

The way to change your recommendations is by rating what you watch. When you're first starting Netflix, you'll see a lot of surveys called Taste Preferences that ask you to rate movies, shows, and genres you've watched recently.

Taste Preferences are important to fill out so Netflix can build your Taste Profile. After a while, you won't see as many of these, however.

If you want to revisit your preferences, go to the Netflix site and under Your Account load the Taste Preferences survey. Or click this link and log in.

Click here for more ways to make sure you're getting the most from Netflix.

6. YouTube

Google owns YouTube, so it shouldn't surprise you that YouTube's recommendations are based on what you've searched for and watched in the past. Unfortunately, it doesn't take into account whether or not you liked a video.

To adjust this, go to YouTube, sign in and in the left column click "History." You can now browse your watch history. Click the "X" next to a video to remove it from your history and have YouTube stop using it for recommendations.

If you just want to start over, you can click the "Clear all watch history" button to wipe the slate clean. You can also click "Pause watch history" and YouTube will stop recording what you watch. You can click over to the "Search history" tab to do the same things for your video search history.

You can also help YouTube figure out your likes directly. On the YouTube home page in the "Recommended" section, click the three vertical dots below any video thumbnail and select "Not Interested."

You can also click the "X" in the upper-right corner of any channel section to remove it from the home page and let YouTube know you aren't interested in that channel.

Want to know about a channel you'll want to keep around? Learn about the Kim Komando YouTube Channel and how you can make sure you never miss one of our helpful videos. I bet you learn something new!

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