Spring is on the way!
If your PC is slow and sluggish, now is the time give it a spring-clean. Over time, your PC can run slower because of the programs and software you install, and the files you download. Your PC hoards all these files and this will eventually lead to a slower system. Tidying up your PC – uninstalling software you don’t use, running an antivirus program and sweeping up your desktop, can free up space on your hard drive and improve the quality of your system.
5 Steps to a Faster Computer.
Try these five easy steps to retrieve your PC’s speed.
Uninstall Unused Programs
Most new PCs come with a range of programs that you probably haven’t, and probably won’t use – just like that bespoke suit hanging in the back of your cupboard that you never wear, (it probably doesn’t fit anymore, so get rid of it!). Simply open the ‘control panel’ in the ‘start menu’, go to ‘programs and features’, and trawl through the list, removing all the ones you don’t use. If you’re not sure about what should stay and what should go, use a free program like PC Decrapifier – this will free up a lot of storage space and memory.
Check for Viruses Regularly
Good antivirus software is one of the most valuable additions on your PC. You should run a security scan automatically and regularly. A new virus can traverse around the web in minutes – faster than a video of a cat doing something comical- so protect yourself. Malware, spyware and viruses can lurk in the background of your system; spyware also collects your personal information without your permission, putting your confidential details at risk, and slowing down your system. Try installing security software like AVG Antivirus, or Avast.
Organise your Desktop
Treat your desktop as a window into the overall state of your PC; you want it to be organised and tidy. Often, your desktop can serve as a depot of clutter – a cluster of files, and icons that slow down the performance of your PC; the more icons and imagery on your desktop, means more images stored in memory, means a slower PC. Organise your files into separate folders, and create shortcuts on your desktop for the folders and files you use a lot. As for all those icons, simply create a folder on your desktop and store them there for safekeeping.
Give your PC a Fresh Start
Sure, it may seem simple, but it’s effective. Often we leave our PCs running, but restarting your PC regularly is a great way to clear out memory. It also closes the programs that are running, even the ones in the background. It’s a good trick to give your PC a quick little pick-me- up. Because, everyone knows, turning something off and then on again is a first stop solution to anything!
Don’t Forget to Take out The Trash!
Even though you’ve deleted files and sent them to the trash bin, they’re still stored in your system, taking up valuable space. Think of it like this: you’ve cleaned out your cupboard, put all those clothes you never wear into a garbage bag, and then you leave the bag sitting in your bedroom – take it to Vinnies! So, remember to clear out your recycle bin regularly.
Written by James Hunter – IT Specialist