“There’s something wrong with my computer. It’s so slow.” That’s something computer technicians hear every day. Sometimes Windows-based computers slow down because of hardware issues. But most of the time it’s easy to repair a slow computer without the help of a technician. All you need to do is get rid of junk files, bloat, and disk fragmentation. Here are some tips to help you.
Get rid of viruses and malware
Viruses and malware are the most common cause of sudden computer slow-downs. That’s why you should scan your PC for infections as soon as it becomes slow. Remember the golden rule – remove viruses and malware as quickly as possible, before the virus has the chance to damage essential Windows files. The combination of an updated anti-virus plus Malwarebytes’ should work against most infections.
Clean your disk drives
All computers accumulate junk with use. This just usually is Temporary Internet Files, Windows temp files, software you don’t use, duplicate files, and so on. The more junk there is, the slower your computer becomes. That’s why cleaning up is a must.
Dealing with temporary files is easy because Windows has an inbuilt Disk Cleanup tool (Programs – Accessories – Disk Cleanup). It’s equally simple to uninstall unused software from the Control Panel. You’ll need special software to delete duplicate files, but it’s pretty easy to find a good free duplicate file finder on websites like Download.com and Softpedia.
Disable unneeded startup items
If your computer is slow on startup, then most likely there are too many programs running on Windows boot. You can configure your startup list via msconfig. Click on Start – Run – type msconfig and hit Enter. Then go to the Startup tab and untick the entries you want to disable. If you don’t know what an entry is, better leave it enabled in case it’s something important.
Defrag your hard drives
File and free space fragmentation is something that can slow down your PC a lot. This is because of how hard drives work. If the files on your PC are badly fragmented, then the drive needs a lot of time to access all the fragments and assemble them together.
Windows has an inbuilt defrag tool (Start – Programs – Accessories), but it’s really slow and doesn’t do a very good job. That’s why it’s best to consider using a third-party disk defragmenter.
These tips will help you fix a slow computer without having to spend a cent on things like hardware and technician’s services. Remember to cleanup junk at least once a week and defrag your drives once a month, and your PC will be running as good as new.
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