Working on a slow computer can be very distressful. The machine makes it difficult to open some programs and requires a longer period to complete tasks. It can be particularly disastrous when you have urgent reports to complete for the department or want to reach clients with programs such as Skype that require fast PCs. In this post, we look at several methods that you can employ to speed a slow computer
(i) Scan the computer for viruses and malware
One of the main causes of slow computers is malware. The viruses attack the operating system or programs and replicate very fast occupying all the available space. In other instances, the viruses attack the computer programs and compromise their effectiveness resulting to very slow operations. To address the problem, you need to clean all the viruses using an appropriate antivirus. Make sure to look for an appropriate antivirus such as Norton, Kaspersky, or MacAfee among others to help identify the viruses, clean them, and keep the machine in top performance. Make sure to regularly update the antivirus to keep the computer free from viruses.
(ii) Reinstall/update the operating system
When you use a computer regularly, some files of the operating system can get damaged, deleted, or corrupted. These can slow down a machine or make it impossible to carry some tasks. If you note the operating system is performing sub-optimally, it is a good idea to update it or re-install a new copy altogether. Depending on the operating system, just reach the manufacturer for a new copy or update. Remember that repairing the broken or corrupted files might take some time to fix depending on the operating system.
(iii) Remove the programs you do not need
The programs you have installed on the computer take a lot of space and could compromise its speed. For example, gaming programs and photo editing apps are very big and take a lot of space on the hard drive. By uninstalling these large programs, ample space is released and the memory can be used to run the main operations. Other big files that you should remove include videos and photos. Note that while the applications can easily be re-downloaded, personal photos and videos should be backed up.
(iv) Remove temporary and deleted files from the computer
When you use a computer especially online, every page you visit or download made leaves some items in the cache folder. After some time, this can accumulate and become a lot of unwanted information that should be cleared. Follow the folder from the browser's download link and clear it all the unwanted content to free ample space for a faster PC.
In addition to the cache, the files that are deleted move from location on the document or desktop to the dustbin folder. While you might think that they have already been cleared completely, they are still eating up computer space and making it very slow. Check the recycle bin folder and empty it to be sure that the content has been deleted completely.
(v) Avoid running heavy programs at the same time
If your computer memory is relatively small, running very heavy applications can slow the system down. The apps take a lot of memory and leave the operating system with very little for running various commands. If you are working on a project or other activity that requires some speed, make sure to stop downloads and others that are running in the background.
When you have a slow running PC, making it run faster entails rechecking the programs, clearing viruses and freeing some memory. As opposed to go for a new PC, consider trying the outlined tips and the PC will become as good as new.