No matter how powerful your computer may be, you should know that one day it is going to slow down and performance will be significantly lower compared to how it performed when you first got it. While this may make a lot of people worried that something is broken or needs to be fixed, that is not the case. This is normal for a computer that hasn’t had routine maintenance performed in a while. Luckily, below we’re going to tell you exactly what you need to do to rejuvenate your computer’s performance and make it work as fast as in the day you got it, so let’s get right at it!
1. Remove spyware infections
Spyware infections are probably amongst the most annoying things computer users who surf the internet a lot need to deal with. So what are they? Well, a spyware infection is more commonly referred to as a nasty bug or software that causes a lot of performance dropouts, but also installs software that can steal your personal data, record everything you do online, including the websites you visit, your passwords and so forth. To make sure you won’t have your privacy at risk, it’s best that you install a spyware removal tool to finally get rid of these infections. Some software we recommend: AVG, MalwayreBytes, SpyBot.
2. Start freeing up disk space
Did you know that your computer needs a certain amount of minimum disk space in order to operate without impacting performance? Most of the times this is about 10% of your partition’s maximum available disk space so when you install or copy too many games, music or movies to one partition, then you may start to notice accessing it takes longer. While you can go about fixing this by deleting data you no longer need, you can also use the Disk Cleanup tool to free up some space (especially on the Windows partition).
To offer you some examples of how you could easily free up some space, they include:
– Backing up files you never access
– Removing Windows Temp files
– Removing programs you rarely or never use
– Emptying the recycle bin
– Removing temporary internet files
3. Removing start-up fluff
Last but not least, if you want to speed up your computer, you need to remove start-up fluff. These are the programs that you don’t actually use or rarely use, so you don’t need them loaded every time your computer starts. To do this, you need to go to Start, type msconfig and then click on the Startup tab. Here you’ll be presented with a list of all the programs Windows loads when your computer starts. Make sure to only select the ones you want to load on startup and remove those that you don’t.
4. Repair disk errors
While defragmenting your disk will greatly speed up performance, you also need to make sure there are no disk errors that hamper it. As you use your computer, over time it can develop bad sectors which make it very hard or almost impossible to write data and save files on your HDD.
However, when you run the Error Checking utility, you can easily find these bad sectors and fix them. To run the tool, right click on your desired partition, click Properties, go to Tools and then click on Check Now. Make sure the boxes Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors are checked.
5. Defragmenting your system
You may not know about this yet, but disk fragmentation slows your computer’s overall efficiency. As you copy files, install and uninstall programs and so forth, small gaps are created amongst the data on your hard drive. After some time, information is not going to be stored in blocks anymore, but in the corners and nooks of your hard drive.
To you, this means you have to wait longer when doing just about anything on your computer, since the system needs to work harder in order to piece various parts of data together by searching the HDD. Luckily, you can easily fix this by running Disk Defragmenter, a tool that any Windows operating system already includes. As for running Disk Defragmenter, it’s best that you use it after:
1. Installing new and large programs or a new operating system.
2. Freeing up space that totals 15% or more of your HDD’s capacity.
3. Copying a large number of files.
Making your computer blazing fast doesn’t have to cost money, since there are many things you can do to make it perform very well by performing routine maintenance. In fact, by considering these tips, you’ll be able to save hundreds of dollars that would otherwise be spent on calling computer technicians or probably buying new computer parts that you thought were broken, but in reality they work just fine.