A common issue amongst PC users is the ever-recurring problem of a slow PC. While the truth of the matter is that fixing the slow computer problem isn’t generally complicated – many users falsely assume that because they know little about PC repair and maintenance, that there is nothing that they can do on their own. That is, apart from dropping their computer off at a computer repair location. However, this is patently false information and we’re going to disclose a few methods that even novice PC users can use to speed up their PCs.
Scan for viruses, spyware and other malicious programs
Many computer owners are not aware of the devastating effects that malicious programs can have on their computer’s performance. It’s very common that a virus, trojan horse, spyware or adware will so integrate itself into one’s computer that it is constantly in-demand and continually eating up available computer resources. By removing malware from your PC you’re not only going to notice an overall speed difference, you’ll be protecting your own privacy and security.
Registry cleaning – the one-step PC booster
Cleaning your computer’s registry should be part of your regular computer maintenance – though many PC users fail to recognize the importance of continual registry cleanings. Basically, your Windows registry is the head-of-operations on your computer; everything that runs on your PC runs through the registry. Through general usage over time, your computer’s registry will store redundant, invalid or flat-out errant information, which this degradation of your registry can lead to less-than-stellar PC performance as well as intermittent errors and computer crashes.
Remove excess and unused programs from your computer
If you are low on hard drive space, it is time to clean house and remove some of the programs that you have not used in months (or years!). These unused programs are taking up space on your hard drive, they are taking up space in your registry, and it is always possible that certain applications came pre-installed with various forms of malware, which could be slowing down your computer in and of themselves.
When you are removing programs from your computer, be sure that you use the proper channels to do so – the Add and Remove programs option in your Windows Control Panel is the best way to remove a program. Doing so any other way could actually cause you problems due to registry corruption.
Speeding up your PC doesn’t have to be difficult and there are certain things, such as we outlined above, that can be performed by computer users of nearly any experience level. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can save yourself some cash by trying out the suggestions above before you take your computer into the repair center.