Computer Running Slow? Try These 5 Solutions
One of the biggest complaints we hear from computer users is that their PC runs as slow as the continental drift. If your computer is a couple of years old and you don’t have the money to invest in a new one, these 5 solutions will help speed up its performance.
- Free Up Disk Space. If you are running an older version of Windows, use the “Scan Disk” utility. If you are running a newer version of Windows, the tool is called “Disk Cleanup”. These utilities find files taking up space on your hard drive that you can safely delete to free up space and improve performance. br>
Some of the files it will search for are:
- Temporary Internet files
- Files in the recycle bin
- Microsoft Active X controls and Java applets that were downloaded
- Windows temporary files
- Optional Windows components that you don’t use
- Programs you no longer use
In most cases, temporary Internet files are the biggest disk space bandits because your browser caches (stores) each page you visit for faster access the next time you go to that site. These files are not necessary and can safely be deleted.
How to use Disk Clean Up:
- Click Start > Type “Disk Cleanup” in the search bar > double click the program to activate.
- Scroll through the dialog box that pops up and select the files you want to delete or compress.
- When prompted to confirm that you want to perform the chosen actions and chose “yes”.
The Disk Defragmenter utility consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer’s hard disk so that each file is stored on a single, adjacent space on the hard drive. This enables your system to find and access files and folders much faster. Disk Defragmenter also consolidates your hard drive’s free space making it less likely that new files will be fragmented.
How to defragment your hard drive:
Click start > Type “Disk Defragmenter” in the search box.
Spyware works in the background sucking up system resources and considerably slowing down your PC’s performance. But that’s not the worst of it. In addition to slowing down your computer, it can be responsible for delivering a boatload of spam, altering your web browser, and serving up a bounty of pop up ads. In some of the more extreme cases, spyware can also steal your identity, passwords, email address book, and even use your PC for illegal activities.br>