It’s the holiday season again, and usually this time of year is often used for spending time at home. Typically a lot of time might be spent on the family computer, and with that extra time people will be tempted to give it an overhaul and clean it out. It’s true that the biggest reason that a computer will slow down is that it gets bloated with lots of files, extra software, and junk. Usually you’ll have some malware and adware thrown in depending on how well the PC owner knows how to use a computer.
Here are some tips on cleaning your PC and keeping it running smoothly:
Clean It Out: Cleaning out your computer basically consists of a few steps: uninstalling extra software, getting rid of junk files, clearing the registry, and clearing your PC of malware, spyware, and adware. A great way to do this in one go is to use a software program that has been designed with this in mind, and enables the user to do most of these things in one click. One such program is this tool called Malwarebytes. This program has a plethora of different options that can help you to easily and quickly clean out your PC in a matter of minutes, from the cluttered registry to the privacy files hidden in your PC, to malware programs. It’s easy enough to use for anyone.
Add More RAM: Another great way to soup up an older computer is to add more RAM. RAM is the measure of how much your computer can do at one time. RAM is cheap and easy to install, and it will make the biggest difference in terms of how well your computer runs, dollar for dollar.
Defrag Your Hard Drive: This is a great way to speed up your computer that not that many people seem to know about. Defragging your hard drive is a way of re-organizing the information stored on your hard drive. You see, your computer will store data on the hard drive where it can, meaning that parts of files could be scattered around the drive, and when you want to access that file the computer must collect the data. Defragging will literally “Defragment” the drive’s data and put it all back together for the most part, making your computer run at a faster clip.
Start A Backup Program: While this might not make your computer faster, nothing is more important to your computer or your data like a good backup program. There’s no telling when your hard drive could break, or when your laptop could be stolen. Even a rogue virus could potentially cost you a lot of data. Start a backup program now so that you won’t be caught with your pants down. You could use a program like Acronis, but you could also just use the included Windows backup tool that is included with the operating system.
With all these things your computer should be humming along like new!