Computers have now become part of our lives. But, like our spouses,, they need to be taken care of regularly if you want to avoid a malfunction. A common problem many PC users face is for their computer to slow down over the course of weeks and months. This issue can occur due to many factors, but here are some steps you can follow before going though tech support hell.
1) Check your installed programs and uninstall unneeded ones
Computers usually slow down if you put many programs that you don’t really need. Sometimes these are apps that you have previously installed but don’t use anymore. Head on to your Programs and Features folder on Windows (you can easily do a Search or access it on the Control Panel) and uninstall stuff that you don’t need. On Macs, you can simply head to the Applications folder and delete the programs you do not need. You will notice a slight performance boost once that happens and recover space on your hard drive as well.
2) Clean startup programs
Startup programs are normally the main cause of a slow boot up. Most of the programs you install have an option for them to start automatically when you start up your computer and since it is enabled by default, you won’t really notice it until all of the combined startup programs slow down your computer. The best thing to do is head on to each of your installed program’s preferences and simply uncheck an option to disable automatic startup. This can both apply on both Windows and Mac systems. For Windows, you can head on to the Task Manager and select the Start-Up tab so you can easily disable programs from automatically opening when you open your computer, ensuring a smooth and fast boot up time.
3) Have an up-to-date Antivirus software
Sometimes, the main cause of a slow computer may be in the form of an undetected virus or malware. That’s why it is always recommended that you have at least an antivirus or an anti-malware software installed on your computer. There are a plethora of paid and free antivirus and anti-malware out there that offers more functionality compared to free ones, but in general keeping your computer safe from these threats gives you assurance in terms of PC reliability and of course, security.
4) Declutter your desktop and files
Imagine your office table when you are working. Overtime, you tend to put stuff all over the place therefore putting all kinds of clutter everywhere. Same goes for your computer’s desktop. The desktop’s primary purpose is to hold shortcuts for easily accessing programs and files. The more files you keep putting on the desktop, the slower it can get. Organize your files by placing them in different folders and if you think a certain file is no longer needed, delete it.
5) If all else fails, a reformat always works
It might be a controversial tip, but most of the time if you have been using your computer for a couple of years it tends to compile unnecessary clutter that will surely make it slow. Sure, you can uninstall some programs or even delete some files, but scrap tends to be left behind. The best thing to do is reformat your drive and re-install your operating system. The hassle is that you would need to make backups of your files and re-install everything again, but reformatting your drive wipes out all previous errors and will make you feel like your computer is brand new. Many branded computers already have a recovery partition so you don’t have to worry about finding specific drivers related to your PC.
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