10 Easy Things You Can Do To Dramatically Improve Your Computer’s Performance
We’ve been providing computer service and maintenance for over 18 years. During that time, we’ve found the best ways to keep a PC computer running smoothly. Here are 10 tips from our certified technicians that you can use to improve your computer’s performance today!
Delete Old Programs
If you have an older computer, you might be surprised at the old, unused programs that are hiding on your hard drive. Visit your “Programs and Features” menu to see a full list and uninstall anything you don’t use regularly.
Limit Programs That Startup Automatically
Programs like Spotify or Skype will automatically start whenever you turn on your computer. You can change the default settings so that these programs won’t take up valuable RAM on startup.
Clean & Delete Old Files
Are you still storing old pictures from your high school prom or camping trip from 15 years ago? If there’s old documents or files you don’t need, simply delete them. If you want to keep your old files, consider moving them to cloud storage such as Google Drive or One Note.
Upgrade Your RAM
One of the most straightforward ways to improve the speed of your computer is to upgrade your RAM. Adding an extra 2 to 4 gigs of RAM space is often enough to make a noticeable difference.
Get a Solid State Drive
Another hardware upgrade you can make to your computer is to install a solid state drive. This will greatly improve the speed of your computer including starting up and regular tasks.
Run a Cleaner Tool
In addition to manually cleaning off your files, you should regularly clear your temporary and cached files. Using a free tool such as CCleaner or Malwarebytes, you can keep the hidden files of your computer clear and organized.
Clear Your Browsing History & Cookies
If your browser seems to be running slow it might be time to clear your history and cookies. Your browser saves all of your visits and collects cookies. These small cookies and files can add up quickly and slow down your browsing. Clearing these out regularly will keep things running smooth.
Check for Viruses
A common cause of slow computers is a hidden virus or ransomware file. Make sure you have current anti-virus software that is activated. Make sure you follow good digital security practices while online to avoid getting a virus in the first place.
Keep it Cool
Anytime your computer gets too warm it will start to slow down. This is especially true of laptops. As we approach the summer season, make sure your computer is in a well ventilated area and doesn’t over heat.
Don’t Forget to Shut Down
It sounds silly, but turning off your computer and turning it back on again can work wonders. If you’re running into lag on your computer, simply try turning it off, unplugging it and then reconnecting and turning it back on again.
We hope these tips come in handy for getting your computer up to speed again. If you have an Apple computer, check out our recent article on improve the speed of your Mac here.
If your PC or laptop is slowing down and you’re not sure how to fix it, give us a call! Our technicians are on call and ready to help with any computer issue big or small.
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