Eventually nearly everyone will experience some sort of computer slow down. Viruses/malware, too many sartup programs, fragmentation there are several reasons a PC can slow down. Here are some simple tips on getting that computer speed back.1. More Memory
Adding more more RAM to your PC is the most cost effective upgrade you can do to your computer to speed it up. Although adding memory involves
buying hardware adding installing it or having it installed. The single action of adding RAM will improve overall system performance to a sometimes
amazing extent. The are limits to what adding memory can do for. You can get dimishing returns by going overboard.
2. Get rid of those start up programs
All the icons you see filling up your taskbar are programs that start up when your computer boots. The programs that start when your computer boots.
The more resources are being used. Less resources equals slow operations. Most programs don't need to start on boot. There are exceptions. Such as
3. Clean you registry
Your registry is a database that contains configuation information and options settings for Windows. Over time, due to software install and uninstalls,
file moves, poor programming practices etc the registry starts to become fragmented with dead and redundant entries. That can make the regisry slow
to respond. Using a reliable registry cleaner to scan and cleanup rthe registry can greatly improve performance.
4. Defrag your hard drive
When a file is written to your hard drive it is often split up into several pieces and spread out over various places on the drive. This is called
fragmentation. When the file is accessed all the pieces must be found and reassembled. Using the deframentation tools that comes with Windows finds
all the pieces to the files and places them in one place on the drive. Lower seek times significantly.
5. Clearing the Cache
If you find your internet speeds coming to a slow crawl. You might have to much in your browser cache. The web browser (i.e. internet explorer) stores
information about the webpages you visit such as images, scripts and small bits of information about the webpages you have visited. It stores this
information to help improve internet speeds. If you visist a web page that you visited yesterday and it has not changed the browser will pull the images
on that page from your cache lowerinf transfer times. But once the cache gets to large searching the data begins to take increasing amounts of time.
Microsoft frequently releases updates for their operating systems. These updates often include bug fixes, new features, and security patches. Keeping your operating system uo to date can both sove and prevent performance problems
7. Virus Clean up
The majority of Computer slow downs are cause from and virus/malware infection. Scanning computer with a reliable anti-virus program will hopefully
remove any active infections. Your most reliable defense against viruses is to keep your anti-virus up to date and run it weekly.
CCleaner is a great free tool for cleaning the registry and any temp files. It will also allow you to remove any uneeded startup entries.