As a computer ages and new software is released that requires greater resources, even the best system will begin to slow to a crawl. However, there are some simple steps you can take to speed up your computer and regain some of that performance.
Undesired software, such as viruses and other malware, can run in the background and slow your computer down significantly. Contact a professional to help you install both antivirus and anti-malware software, scan often, and keep them updated to protect your system and speed up your computer. Additionally, a professional can install firewall software on both home and business machines, which will add an extra layer of security, protect your system from outside intruders, and alert you when unauthorized programs try to access the internet.
Eliminate Start-Up Programs
If too many programs are set to automatically run when your system starts, your computer will take longer to boot and performance will decline in general. Eliminate unneeded programs in your start-up folder, and, in Windows, use Task Manger on version 8 and above or MSconfig in older versions to disable the rest. Often, helper applications for sound and video hardware are not necessary and programs like instant messengers or file-sharing applications can be disabled and started as needed. For assistance with this, contact a professional.
Free or Add Disk Space
If your hard drive is over 90 percent full, it may slow your system down. Delete unnecessary files, move older files to external drives, and, in Windows, use Disk Cleanup to gain some extra space. Also, uninstall any unnecessary applications using the Programs and Features applet in the Control Panel.
For help with any of these steps, more advanced speed upgrades, or a consultation on whether or not a brand new computer is right for you – contact Computer Solutions of Freehold today!