Using a slow computer can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you have important tasks to complete. It’s likely that your PC was fairly reliable when it was bought, but over time it has become so sluggish that you’re beginning to wonder if there’s a snail in your processor.
There are numerous reasons for your computer to slow down and they don’t necessarily mean that your system is at death’s door. With a few simple tweaks by yourself or with the help of Firewall Technical IT Support experts, you can breathe new life into your machine.
Here we look at ways in which you can enjoy a whizzy computer again without spending any money.
Remove unwanted software
The truth is that many of us do not know what some of the programs installed our systems do or indeed how they got there. Often, they came bundled with software which you do use and it’s easy to worry that deleting them will result in problems.
At start up, these programs will run background processes and slow down boot up. To get rid of them all you have to do is go to the Programs and Features page in Control Panel and click uninstall.
Clean up your disk
A disc cluttered with temporary internet files, log files, program installers and other bits and pieces can really slow down your PC’s performance.
Thankfully, Windows has an in-built system for getting rid of all this unneeded information. The tool will search for any files it thinks are unnecessary and delete them. If you’ve not cleaned up your system for a while, it could clear several gigabytes of junk from your computer.
Get fibre optic broadband
Ok, this won’t speed up your computer per se, but it will drastically improve your experience online.
When many people complain their computer is slow it is because they are having trouble navigating around the net. This could be caused by browser issues, but could also be because their internet service is substandard. With broadband deals available offering speeds up to 80meg, using the net will be enjoyable on even the most basic of computer set-ups.
Check for malware
Malicious programs are a very common cause of slow computing. Cyber criminals are clever and will hide their dodgy programs inside software that appears to be perfectly legitimate.
If you have recently downloaded something and then noticed that your computer has slowed drastically, then run your anti-virus software ASAP and see what it finds.
Defrag your hard drive
Your hard drive stores data in different places around its platter. This blocks spaces that new data can move into and thus slows down your computer.
By bundling up these fragments you can create new spaces and improve your machine’s speed. Windows has a simple tool for this task. On a Windows 7 PC, it is accessed by clicking the start button, selecting All Programs, then Accessories. Here you navigate to System Tools and then choose Disk Defragmenter.
Windows 8 users benefit from having an automatic defragmenter which runs once a week without you even noticing.
While not free, one of the best ways to speed up your computer is by installing more RAM. RAM chips can be bought cheaply from most computer stores and are easy to install. Just ensure that modifying your machine does not invalidate your warranty.