Nothing quite gets to you like a slow computer.
When you bought your PC it was nice and quick but over time it’s just got slower and slower…. sound familiar?
Well it may be that your PC is a few years old and time for a replacement but there may be life in the old dog yet!
We manage all of the PCs on our customers network with our IT support services, to ensure that they are running at the optimum level. But if you want to speed up your own PC it can be quite simple and it’s worth trying these steps before considering buying a new one.
1. Spyware and Viruses
It is unbelievably common for PCs to have spyware on them and the user doesn’t even know it – the first sign that this may be the case is your PC is slower than usual.
Of course, we recommend that you always have a reputable anti-virus product installed on your PC and kept up to date – don’t let your subscription slide!
Even if you do have anti-virus software it is still possible that something slipped through the net. The best way to make sure you are clean is to scan the computer with two or more anti-virus/anti-malware tools. If you have software installed then this is the first place to start – scan your entire PC to see if there are any known problems on it and take the actions recommended.
If you don’t have anti-virus software on your PC (shame on you!) then you can download a couple of tools to check your PC. We recommend that you try MalwareBytes or SuperAntiSpyware. Download and install one or both of these and scan your PC. You may find that the anti-virus software you are using is missing some infections. Once you have cleaned up your PC purchase an anti-virus product – we recommend AVG or VIPRE. If you are a business then contact us for multi-user licences.
2. Disk Usage
As you use your PC you accumulate a very large amount of files. Some you have created, some you have requested to download and some that the operating system has created in the course of using your PC.
Well, the files you have downloaded and created are an easy one – have a prune. You’ll be surprised by the amount of files you have that you will actually never want or need.
While you use your PC Windows will create a lot of temporary files – some of these are created by the operating system or installation programs whilst others are created while you use your internet browser. Now you can clean these out manually by emptying the Windows temp folders and clearing out your browser cache but there is a much easier way of doing this. Use a product like ccleaner. This program will clear out all of pesky temp files, log files, cache files and more all in one go for you.
Once you have cleared out these files you may want to defragment your disk. This re-aligns the files stored on your PCs disk into contiguous blocks which makes accessing these files quicker. Windows 7 does this for you on your main computer hard disk but for Windows XP or any external hard disks you can take the pain out of this process by using a toll such as Smart Defrag.
If none of the above works (in a lot of cases it will) then you can look at upgrading the amount of RAM in your PC to get a quick speed boost. This is relatively inexpensive and quite easy to install.
If all else fails then it may well be new PC time! There are lots of good PCs at very reasonable prices available from our store.