Having a slow computer is eerily similar to the days of dial-up communications. There is nothing more frustrating than having a project to complete, only to have to wait on the computer to keep up.
Here are some tips and tricks that may help you avoid buying a new computer and get you up to speed:
1. Get rid of services you don’t need – When you first turn on your computer, multiple programs automatically turn on, many that you don’t need. It’s not rocket science to see that the fewer amount of programs you have running, the faster your computer will run. In addition, the boot time of your PC may be significantly reduced.
2. Rid yourself of stuff you don’t need – You would be surprised how many people save photos and word documents on their desktop. If your desktop is littered with junk, get an external hard drive for saving purposes and get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last three months. Clearing out your browser’s cache and deleting temporary files may help and don’t forget to uninstall programs that you don’t use.
3. Spyware and malware – Don’t visit internet porn sites and never input your email address into any site location. No matter how great your security is, you’re going to pick up some unwanted malware. Getting rid of these culprits can speed up the performance of your computer significantly.
4. Reinstall the Operating System – If you have significant problems with the performance of your computer, it might be wise to start over and reinstall your operating system. By walking through this step-by-step process, you’ll likely get rid of things you don’t need and come out the other side with the compute you had years ago.
5. A new computer is a great thing, but taking care of your old one can save you money and ultimately prolong its life.