Five Quick Ways To Speed Up Your Computer
Here are the five quickest ways to speed up your computer (without installing more memory) when it starts chugging, lagging and freezing:
When your computer's disk space is full, it will take longer to process information, causing programs to open slower and files to take longer to save. Take a look at the programs installed on your hard drive – do you use them all? Use the Add/Remove Programs function to delete applications you don't need.
To free up more disk space in one quick swoop, use the Disk Cleanup. You can find this program in Systems Tools within Accessories. This tool gives you the option to delete temporary files, Java applets, optional Windows programs and applications you haven't used for some time all at once.
Defrag Your Hard Disk
Fragmented files scatter themselves all over your hard disk and your computer will slow down trying to piece them back together. "Defragging" your hard disks will speed up your computer's access to data and its general functions will run smoother.
To run a defragmenter on your hard disks, launch the Disk Defragmenter under System Tools. Analyze your drives, then defrag them if necessary. This can take some time and you shouldn't use your computer while this is happening. Vista doesn't display a graphic representation of the defragging process, but XP and older versions of Windows do.
Aim to defrag your hard disks every month to keep your computer running quickly.
Detect and Protect Against Spy Ware
Spy ware is designed to infiltrate your computer and send information back to its creators about your activity without alerting you to its presence, let alone asking for permission to send the information. As well as potentially endangering your safety by collecting passwords, spy ware takes up a lot of memory as it is constantly sending information back to its creators. Run a virus scanner that includes spy ware detection regularly, and install a firewall or use Microsoft Windows Defender.
Repair Any Disk Errors
Windows has a tool called The Error Checker that scans your drives and detects and corrects bad sectors and file system errors. Bad sectors can slow down your computer's performance and make it difficult or impossible to save files.
You can find this tool by right-clicking on the hard disk you'd like to repair and selecting Properties. Then navigate to the Tools tab and click the Check Now box. Check "Scan for and attempt recover of bad sectors," and press Start.
Do not select "Automatically Repair" unless you know you have bad sectors on that disk.
Keep It Clean
Keeping your hard drive as empty as possible goes a long way in keeping your computer running smoothly. Refrain from installing programs you don't need, regularly empty your Recycle Bin and perform routine maintenance like monthly disk defragging. Your computer will boot faster if you have fewer programs in your System Tray, so keep them to a minimum.
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