When you turn your system on, is it so slow to start up? Do you have time to brew a cup of coffee while it starts up? Or maybe take a jog around the block while waiting for a program to execute? The performance of your PC can be affected by lots of things, here are a few things to give it a refreshing detox!
- Freeing up space
Most PC’s that are a few years old are likely to throw up notifications that the hard drive is nearing its capacity. Then it’s high time to do some serious cleaning by emptying the trash, moving nonessential files to the cloud, or even deleting stuff you don’t need anymore. But all this will amount to nothing until you search the innards of your machine for unwanted computer system files.
Every time you do something – write an email, edit a document, or modify an image – files are altered, fragmented and re-distributed on the hard drive. Or when you install or delete a program, your system gets cluttered with leftover miscellaneous data. The fragmented code remains in your software, which causes the system to waste resources and turn sluggish.
- Clean your browser
The browser is .your window to the wide open world. Everyone loves free stuff, but not everything is trustworthy or benevolent. Certain software that are free to download come with hidden add-ons or non-evident PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that slows your computer down or even contain code which can cause harm to your computer. A few such free browser add-ons hijack your browser, steal personal data, infect your PC or install a software you do not need or want.
- Upgrading your memory
Older computers don’t possess the memory configuration to run some of the latest programs. Upgrading the memory – RAM modules in a system is the cheapest and easiest way to boost the performance of a computer system. Experts suggest using a minimum of 1GB of memory for 32-bit systems and 2GB for 64-bit ones. However, this should be done after taking into account your system configuration and compatibility.
- Programs that run in the background
Unwanted applications and programs running in the background can slow your computer down. For example, a downloader running in the background can take up resources. Check your Task Manager to see the running programs, and quit the processes that you don’t need.
An essential program that shouldn’t slow you down is your antivirus software! Security software is one program that runs continuously deep within the system to protect you against malware threats. However, if your security program is hogging too many system resources, you should run a check and take appropriate measures.
- Out-of-date software
Operating systems, installed programs, and drivers can turn obsolete or have bugs, vulnerabilities, and incompatibilities that can drag your system down, so it’s wise to update the recommended patches on a regular basis.
If none of the above-listed steps help bring your computer back to life, then it’s time to get a new computer.
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