10 Easy Ways To Speed Up Your Computer

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A number of things can cause your computer to slow down, including insufficient system memory, insufficient hard disk space, a fragmented or damaged hard disk, a virus, too many unnecessary programs loaded into memory, you name it. So if you think that your computer is getting sluggish, follow these 10 easy steps to speed up your computer:.Compu-Hero's TipThe more toolbars your browser has, the slower it will become. You should uninstall third-party toolbars from your browser.

1Uninstall Unused Programs: If you don't use it, you don't need it. And if it has no use, why should it slow down your system? Removing unused programs from your system will free up hard disk space and sometimes even RAM. Just use the Windows Add/Remove Programs utility (found in the Control Panel) to uninstall unused programs.

2Reboot Your Computer: If you usually leave your computer on for weeks, you should start to reboot your computer at least once a day. When you open and close programs, RAM memory sometimes is not freed for future use, especially if you are using Windows XP. And the less memory available, the slower your system runs. The only way to free up these bits of lost memory is to shut down and then restart your computer.

3Delete Unnecessary Files: The more you load a car, the slower it gets. This is true for computers too. If you are running out of hard disk space, you really need to use the Disk Cleanup tool that comes with Windows. This tool identifies files that you can delete safely. To use it go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup.

4Defragment Your Hard Drive: Your computer’s hard drive gets fragmented every time you run a program or open or close a file. And overtime the more fragmented it is the slower your computer gets. For that reason, you should defragment your hard disk at least once a month. This is accomplished with the Windows Disk Defragmenter utility. Just click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

5Remove Malware (virus, spyware, etc.): If your computer has suddenly (not gradually) slowed down, the first thing that I would look for is an anti-virus and anti-spyware program. When your computer is infected by malware (malicious software), your system's resources will be used by the nasty critters and they will slow it down. To fix this, just install anti-virus software and run a full system scan.

6Stop Auto-loading Programs: Many software programs have the audacity to think that you want them to run whenever you start up your PC. So they configure themselves to launch whenever Windows launches —whether or not you want them to. These intruders use your system resources and slow down your system. If you want to stop a program from launching automatically when Windows starts, download a free software like CCleaner from our free internet tools section.

7Check Your Hard Disk Drive for Errors: Hard disk errors can make it harder for your computer to open files, it will becomes slower, and could even cause your system to freeze when you open or save a file or an application. To check for hard disk errors use the ScanDisk utility. To do this, go to My Computer, right-click the icon for the drive you want to scan, and then select the Properties > Tools tab > Check Now button in the Error-Checking section ( Check both options, Automatically Fix File System Errors and Scan for and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors) > Click Start.

8Remove Third-Party Toolbars: The more toolbars your browser has, the slower it will become. To uninstall a toolbar go to the Windows Add/Remove Programs utility (found in the Control Panel) to uninstall the toolbars you don't need or use.

9Add Memory With ReadyBoost: Many computer slowdowns are caused by insufficient system memory. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 you should take advantage of this feature. To do this all you need is an empty USB memory, compact flash card, or a SD memory card. Once you find one, just insert it and Windows will ask if you want to use it to speed up your system.

10Reduce Visual Effects: The prettier it looks the more power it takes. If you change your display settings from fancy to plain, you will see an improvement in your computer’s speed. To do this, go into the Control Panel > System Properties > Advanced Settings > Performance Options > Visual Effects > check the Adjust for Best Performance option.

Need more power and more speed? That's what we are experts at. We love to speed up computers. If you followed all of these tips, but would like get a more significant speed improvement, call us at (916) 606-7302. If your computer is not faster when we leave our visit and service will be free.

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