We have all at some time felt the frustration of waiting for a PC with slow speed. Some statistics have revealed that people in the UK and US spend around five days of their lives waiting for computers’ delays. Can you imagine how many things could be done in those five days? They could be perfectly invested in going on holidays for instance! However, this modern-age annoyance is easy to troubleshoot and can be battled by following some easy tips that won’t take us too long but will help us gain much.
Update, update and update
This is one of the most important actions you can carry out to clean up your PC. The reason is simple: software updates often include patches that minimize vulnerabilities in the program and that contribute to keep you safe when you are online. Take your time to update all your software, from toolbars to antivirus; all updates matter.
Defragment your hard drive
The more full your hard drive is, the more fragmented and degraded it will become. Defragging your hard drive will offer some speed improvements in the short term. This happens because it pieces together parts of files that were broken apart with the daily use of the computer, making it easier for the system to efficiently access disk segments. You can use PC built-in defragmenters or third-party software for that. We recommend you to perform this activity on a regular basis as part of your maintenance tasks. Similarly, you should check and remove disk errors provoked by system crashes or failures.
Declutter: do some cleaning
Start clearing out junk, even those in the Recycle Bin. Delete files that you no longer need or have more backup copies of. Do not make exceptions; this includes documents, pictures and videos. Our computers won’t work at their best if they are supporting more pressure they are able to. In case all your files are important and you do not want to throw them away, you can move them out of the computer: burn them into a disc, keep them on external storage devices or use online cloud systems. Of course, make sure you are not deleting something valuable!
Clean the registry
The PC registry is a huge database that contains information about almost everything that takes place in the system, from a visit to a webpage to a program setup. This data help software run and new entries are constantly created. The main problem is that they are automatically created, but not removed. Of course this impacts directly on PC performance and speed and makes boot times increase if regular cleaning is not carried out.
If you do not need it anymore, get rid of it: Uninstall
Sometimes we tend to download programs we need for a particular task we are going to perform once, and forget to uninstall them after we have finished. They occupy disk memory that won’t come back unless you go and look for it. Uninstalling software you are not using anymore will free up space and thus, have a direct and positive effect on your overall performance and speed. You should bear this tip in mind especially if you have less than 15% of usable memory on the hard disk.
Regularly scan your system using an antivirus
Generally, malware is one of the elements that slows down your computer most, and is a potential entrance for threats and vulnerabilities. You can prevent your system getting infected by installing an antivirus that analyses your PCS frequently and warns you of any inconsistencies.
Optimize startup and take control of your system
The optimization of the startup process begins when you disable background services. If your PC startup is slow it may be because some other programs are starting up too. Instead of having them running by default, you should be in control when and where to run them.