3 Simple Tips That Can Help Speed Up Your Machine
So, you’re searching google trying to buy the latest tech, the nicest clothes, the concert ticket you so desperately need to get in time, and your computer wants to take a hideously long amount of time to load one singular webpage. Or, you could be a dedicated individual trying to send off an important file on a tight deadline and your folders and emails are gathering as much of their almighty strength and power as they can to ensure that you miss your tight deadline, like a stubborn child refusing to follow instructions.
Of course, as humans do, computers slow down with age. However, there are a few simple and routine processes that you can do to help maintain your machine’s youth.
Have a clear out!
This should be your first call of help. Over time, we accumulate piles of unnecessary “junk” that sets up camp in our computer, swallowing up megabytes of space. By simply sifting through our folders and applications and removing old or unwanted files, we can create a lot of space on our machine, therefore speeding up its performance as there are less components to look after.
Unfortunately, getting rid of old software is much like cleaning out the garage… time consuming but ultimately worth it. Much like our beloved belongings it can be difficult to part with our old files, along with the cherished memories that are intertwined in the data… but you can do it. Be strong – we believe in you!
When it comes to removing software, it is important to ensure that it is completely extracted from the system. Just sending the icon from your desktop to the recycling bin sadly doesn’t do the trick; even uninstalling it sometimes doesn’t completely remove it… That’s why we recommend using programmes such as ‘IObit Uninstaller’ so you can be fully satisfied that all components are deleted.
Run a scan for Malware / Adware
Malware and Adware can be skilfully installed in the background of your PC. This can be harmful to both the PC and potentially you personally in common cases such as data theft. It is becoming increasingly easy for malware and viruses to intercept your downloaded files and be allowed to run without the user’s realisation.
There are a few ways your computer can snitch on any existing Malware and Adware on your system. One tell-tale sign is random pop ups or links to websites you have previously visited, or general slowness and disruption. If your computer isn’t performing how it should, it could mean that there is malicious software installed somewhere amongst your files – they hide so you must seek them!
As general precautions to avoid Malware, you should keep your system up to date by performing regular updates and installing Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware programmes, such as ‘McAfee’ or ‘Kaspersky’.
Perform regular updates
As just briefly mentioned, your PC must be regularly updated. If your machine is pestering you requesting to be updated, that’s because it needs one! Many of us, myself included, are guilty of seeing pop-ups on our screen and due to shortage of time or finding them generally irritating, we ignore them. Updates can be like re-decorating; your carpets and wallpaper naturally become worn and in need of a little refresh from time to time - your computer needs the same.
Keeping both Software and Drivers updated for a machine is crucial. A driver is the path of communication between your system and hardware devices (such as a printer) and any complications can affect how data is transferred. An update to the software can spark big, positive changes to it’s structure and make your life a whole lot easier. Finding drivers that need to be updated is slightly more tedious, therefore we recommended using a program such as ‘Driver Booster’ that can do the leg work for you by scanning your machine and telling you exactly which drivers need to be updated – easy!
Updates are one of the most common causes for a drowsy and tired computer, being detrimental in the long run. These updates can build up over time; if you have ten updates waiting to be installed it will take ten times as long to complete – it becomes a marathon instead of a sprint! So, it is definitely worth taking note of the reminder and waiting until you’ve finished the task at hand, then setting the computer aside and letting it rejuvenate.
These tips are only a brief look into what could be minimising your computer’s performance. Computers have complex souls however sometimes it can be the most straightforward modifications that offer the best outcome.
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