There is nothing more frustrating for a PC user than the fact that over time, your computer will slow down. What was once an impressive array of speed and agility is now a machine that moves at a snail’s pace. There are many reasons for this strange occurrence and most of them are fixable for little or no cost. We will help you go through the steps of how to speed up your computer by alleviating this problem. By the end of this article hopefully you are back to your normal high speed computing bliss.
The reason your computer may be slowing down can be the result of both outside influences or just the normal wear and tear. We will take a look at the normal wear and tear problems and solutions first and then we will take a look at outside forces that may be affecting your computer. The first thing that we will want to look at is how long has it been since you did a disk defrag? If you are saying to yourself “what is a disk defrag” then it has been too long. We will not go to in depth on what a disk defrag, short for defragmentation, is or how it works but just know that it reorganizes your files in an attempt to optimize them. This is a big deal when it comes to speeding up your computer. The shorter disk seek times will make a huge improvement.
You will also want to run your disk cleanup option in Windows. This will go behind you and clean up any temporary files, recycle bin files, set up files, and other miscellaneous files that you may have floating around your system. This stuff can build up over time. You will notice a great amount of free hard drive space will be gained after this operation as well. This again will go a long way to making your computer faster and more efficient in its operations.
Another step that you will want to take is to run a registry cleaner like this one on your system. The registry can become a place that is filled with useless or outdated data that is no longer needed. The registry is pretty much the database of configurations for your computer. Once you have cleaned this up, it will allow your computer to have a smaller search time when looking for hardware or software configuration data.
So we listed the basic housekeeping items that you can use to speed up your computer. Now we will focus on the outside influences that can affect your computer performance. Outside influences can range from a virus to spyware or even legitimate programs that are just processor hogs. The first thing that you want to do to eliminate this problem is to run an anti-virus scan on your computer. Make sure that the anti-virus software is updated for maximum effectiveness.
After you have run that and let it scan the whole computer, run a prevention program such as BluePenguin spyware prevention on your computer. This will get rid of any spyware that has been planted on your computer without your knowledge. Once this is run and everything seems to be OK, hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete on your keyboard. This will bring up your task manager. Click on the Processes tab. Look at the Mem Usage and the CPU usage that is being measured. If any of these are particularly high, this could indicate a program that is not playing nice. A CPU rating of over 80% for a large amount of time or a Mem Usage of a couple hundred megabytes could indicate a problem. Right-click and hit End Process to eliminate this problem. It is a good idea to use your favorite search engine and look up the process you are turning off first. If you turn off the wrong thing you could crash your computer.
We have gone through many ways that you can hope to speed up your computer. One of these solutions should be the answer to your problems; if not, then maybe you should see a professional.
This article on speeding up your computer was acquired as part of a PLR agreement from an author on the DigitalPoint forums.