Having spent a number of years in trouble shooting slow computers, a recurring cause that I have identified is viruses. They not only slow down your PC but with time consume so much memory that it gets difficult for you save any new thing and risk losing all the data.
Second to it, which might or not be a result of viruses, are the disk issues. Once you get glitches in the hard disk, every function suffers. You cannot save data, you cannot retrieve data. There is an abrupt stop to what you can do with your computer. What makes it even worse is the risk of losing all those files that you have worked so hard on.
Tips on Speeding up Your PC
If you have been looking for the answer to “How to Speed up my PC”, here are a few tips that can get you started and restore your PC to its old glory.
– Scan for viruses: Being as much as 39% of all causes, viruses are lethal for any computer. Once you get your computer infected, they multiply at a pace unimaginable and infect various kernel files that are essential for normal functioning of your PC. Running a reliable anti-virus program can ensure that your computer stays safe from their assault. Look for an anti-virus program that can check for malware and adware as well. Malware and adware consume processing power to relay information such as your browsing habit to the hackers and slow down the computer.
– Check for Disk Errors: Hard disk is like your brain. It saves all the information. Once it messes up, everything goes for a toss. Blue screen and frequent crashes become a regular feature of your computing experience. To avoid this, check your hard disk regularly for bad sectors, disk errors and other maladies that can lead to complications. There are many software available in the market that can do the job for you.
– Memory management: Not enough can be said of how invaluable a cautious approach to memory usage can get. Try to avoid installing applications that you don’t use or are vulnerable to adware. Go to Add/Remove Programs and identify all the applications that you don’t need. Uninstall them. Look for duplicate files and delete them. The key to getting the best out of computer memory is to ensure that it doesn’t get overloaded with information and crashes. Use De-fragmentation command to organize files and help processor to perform better.
You can do yourself a lot good by cleaning temporary files on a regular basis. They contain cookies as well as adware that relay your browsing history to the advertisers and consume processing power without you releasing it.
I will also recommend optimizing the boot up process. Look for applications that you don’t want to boot up every time you start the PC. Also read this to know How to Speed Up Your Computer; 5 Quick and Easy Solutions to Speed Up Your PC or Laptop!
This is a guest article written by Dedee Heather, who likes writing about PC Security and Optimization tips and writes as a guest author for TechChunks.com.