How To Speed Up Your PC Today… Without Buying New Hardware!
Whether you have a simple Dell desktop computer or some serious Alienware gaming machine, you are still likely to experience various system errors or performance issues after a certain period of time since the purchase date of your PC. If you think your computer could be performing much better, then keep on reading.
Is your PC slower now than when you first got it?
You’re not alone in that, but don’t worry – I will show you how you can eliminate most of the problems without spending money for upgrades.
Spy-Ware and Ad-Ware
Spy-Ware often accounts for most of the speed loss in the average PC. SpyBot, a good spy-ware removal tool, defines spy-ware this way:
“Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn’t intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser start page has changed without your knowing, you most probably have spyware. But even if you don’t see anything, you may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging that is silently tracking your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile of you that will be sold to advertisement companies.” [courtsey: SpyBot]
So make removal of spy-ware and ad-ware your first priority. There are various software tools that you can get for very little or for free…
AdAware is a privacy tool, that scans your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known data-mining, aggressive advertising, and tracking …
Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.2 ~ Free application to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software.
Cleaning Up the Registry
One of the reasons for a slow-moving PC is a cluttered registry. Remember how fast your PC was when your first got it? Since then your registry has become filled with unwanted ‘values’. Most software adds custom settings to your registry but won’t delete them even when you uninstall the program. These settings accumulate over time ~ and that slows down the speed of your CPU.
So, clean it out every few months, or more often if you have a lot of software going in and out, or multiple users on one PC. I use a program I bought with a ‘bundle’ but you can get a good free one here – JV 16 PowerTools – I haven’t used it but it’s highly recommended.
Temporary System Files
You would be surprised how much junk your hard drive accumulates when you use your PC. Temporary system files and cookies fill a large portion of your disk space. Getting rid of it will help your PC to perform better… I use the Windows ‘Disk Cleanup’ utility that came with the PC about once a week.
“An Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure” – you’ve heard this before… so you want to prevent unauthorized access to your computer while you’re online. A computer connected to internet is sometimes vulnerable to hackers, who may install unwanted programs on your PC or download files from your hard drive. Stop that simply by installing a firewall, which will prevent unauthorized access to your PC.
The one I use came with the McAfee program I bought but there is very good free firewall available at the ZoneAlarm Website
De-Fragment Your Hard Drive
Every time you install a program, make a new word document, uninstall something on your PC it places little bits of data in any unused ‘zone’ it finds – without regard to what is already ‘next door’ on the disk. Over a period of time these little fragments get scattered pretty badly… de-fragmenting pulls all these little bits together and makes it easier on the hardware of your PC and saves time when you run a program.
Run your De-Fragment program at least once a month. This will make sure that your programs run faster, because your PC won’t be searching all over for the bits-n-pieces.
Follow all these steps and I am sure that you will see a good improvement in the performance of your PC.
The first thing that people think about is that they need to buy a new processor or maybe add some more RAM memory. While in some cases it will help, but it’s definitely a costly repair and it’s not actually necessary, because usually the problem has something to do with the operating system registry, not hardware parts.
Every single Microsoft computer in the world has got a registry database, where all the data and action manipulation is stored. Whatever you do on your PC, everything is tracked and recorded by the registry program within Windows operating system. Therefore, it has to be maintained regularly so it continues to work properly.
The problem is that after a certain period of regular use, this database can become corrupted and begin to cause speed issues, random shut downs, system errors and similar things. People often recommend that you re-install your Windows operating system and everything will fine. Well, it is true and it works, but you don’t want to lose all your stuff on the hard drive, do you?
Obviously, using this application is a much better and easier way to go, rather than start backing up all your movies, music and video games. It would take ages to do that, and why waste your time, when you can simply take advantage of this wonderful piece of software known as system registry cleaner.