5 Tips to Make Your Computer Run Faster

One thing for sure is that there is no greater feeling than having to pull a new computer out of the box. That new computer smell is just awesome, plus seeing that brand new setup screen where windows begins to finish that special setup for you. You know that you have a fast machine, you know that there is no junk files on your computer and you know that it is new. But give that computer a couple months of excessive online activities and suddenly you find your computer running as fast as a drunk snail. Then you begin to wonder, “Hey, wasn’t this computer new like 6 months ago”? Well, yes  your computer was new six month ago, but the stuff that causes your computer to begin to run sloe has been around pretty longer than that. If you have a slow running computer and want to speed it up you must do the following:

1. Scan Your Computer For Virus

A computer virus is a malicious piece of software which negatively affects certain functionality of your computer or tries to steal your person information and data such as your credit card number, password, stored data etc. Virus can hog memory and cause high CPU usage which intern causes your computer to run extremely slow. You must ensure that you have a good Antivirus software installed and that the antivirus is regularly updated so it can detect new kinds of virus. Schedule regular virus scans for your computer to find and remove these malicious software.

2. Defrag Your Hard Drive Files

If you have lots of files on your hard and you continuously update, delete and move these files. They become fragmented, meaning that they become scattered all over the hard disk. When you try to access these files, blank spaces would have to be read before it retrieve these files resulting in a bit of slowing down in accessing the files. When you run a disk defragmentation, it pulls all files closer together so that when you access the files it is much quicker. It does not matter if you have a Solid State Drive (SSD) or not, SSD drives do get fragmented too.

How To Run Disk Defrag
  1. Click Search and type "Defrag"
  2. Click Defragment and Optimize Disk
  3. You can analyze the disk to see how much it is fragmented or skip and just select Optimize. This will run the disk defragmentation. 

3. Check Your Hard Drive Space Availability

No matter how big your drive is, if you use up all or most of the space on your hard drive you will most likely to experience some problems with your computer. You must always have at least 10% of the total size of your hard disk free if you want a smooth running computer

Run a Disk Clean Up
When you visit the internet, there are tonnes of files which eventually get dumped to you computer. files such as cookies and tmp files. Many application leaves breadcrumbs after ther have been uninstalled from your system. They just sit and take up space on your computer for years doing nothing. If your cumputer have ever done a memory dump, these dump files are also sitting there and taking up precioaus hard disk space. Run a Disk Cleanup to free up space to help your computer run smoother. 

1. Right Click your hard drive and SELECT Properties
2. Click Disk Clean Up

Windows will begin to run a check on you hard disk for files to be cleaned up

Once windows has finished selecting files for removal, you will be given the option to keep or remove files. WARNING! If you see compressed old files, these are actual data files that have not been accessed and has been sitting on your computer for a long time. These compressed old files could be word documents, excel files, PDF, images, etc. Before you tick the compressed old files check box. Ensure that all your essential files are backed up.
Select the files to clean up and click "OK".

4. Re-install Your Operating System

Sometimes this is the only alternative as your computer becomes so corroded with junk it locks itself into that sate of addiction. To get your computer back to that nice clean factory state means a clean operating system. This clean operating system is a re-installation of your Computer's OS. Many person may want to do a system restore, but sometimes that does not fix certain issues and and certain virus which slows down your computer may not be affected by a system restore. The best bet is a clean installation. Follow the basic steps below.

  1. Backup your computer data
  2. Have a copy of your operating system ready and the Legitimate Keys
  3. Insert Your Operating System DVD and begin the Installation
  4. If reinstalling is a bit too much for you, take the PC in to a good IT Guy.

5. Install Additional Memory

Your memory is the temporary storing area for active applications. Meaning applications that are either open on the desktop or running in the background. If you have low memory, you will begin to experience glitches and slowness in your computer. The more memory you have the more free space available to be accessed by applications.