4 Ways to Improve Your Slow Computer

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A slow computer can be frustrating at times.

Everyone hates a slow computer. We all want to go ballistic if our computers are slow as a snail. Don’t worry because there are ways to make a computer run faster without spending money. Just a side note though, this guide only applies to a Windows PC and it will only focus on solutions that are easy to do.

Follow these tips below to speed up your computer:

  • Remove unused programs. Normally, when you purchase a new computer, it is packed with programs you never asked for and you will never use.  It has trial versions of programs that you might find helpful. Typically, the programs are there to help manage your computer’s hardware and software, but most of the time, you just ignore them.
    • To uninstall a program, click the Start button , select Control Panel. Under the Programs, and select Uninstall a program. Just choose the apps you wish to uninstall.
  • Defragment the fragmented. Removing unnecessary files in your hard drive is not enough because you also have to learn to use that space effectively.
    • Your computer stores large files in fragments and there are apps – like Disk Defragmenter – that will help you to rearrange fragmented data. When data is fragmented, your computer must search for the pieces of files that is stored all over your hard drive. With Disk Defragmenter, you can enhance your computer’s performance by organizing existing data and freeing up space so your computer can search for files faster.
    • In order to defrag, go My Computer. Then, right click the hard drive you wish to defrag. Once you’ve chosen which hard drive, click Properties, Tools, then click Defragment Now.
    • You can also defrag removable storage devices such as USB flash disks, and external hard disks. The same rule applies: analyze the storage devices first and defrag them immediately if they’re above 10%. If you have a solid-state drive, do not use defragmentation!
  • Remove the temporary files. Every time you open different applications, your computer creates a huge chunk of temporary files. This occupies a tremendous amount of space, and further slowing down your computer. Constantly clean it whenever you think your computer is running slow.
    • To open the temporary files folder, press the Windows button + R on your keyboard simultaneously. After, type in %temp% in the dialog box. You can now see all the temporary files. Delete all the files in the folder, but you might not be able to delete some currently used files so just click on skip.
  • Regularly run your malware scanner. Keep your malware scanner up to date, and schedule a scan at least once a week. Malwares can secretly sneak into your computer and run in the background. These programs use your computer’s resources, and can absolutely decelerate your computer. It’s important to remove them so your computer can handle important processes.

Get rid of the clutter.

Slow computers are often the result of unwanted programs that are running in the background. Keeping these applications in your computer will just consume disk space & waste system resources so constantly perform these tips.