Even if you’re not a really techie fellow, there are many things you can do as a sort of maintenance to improve your computer’s performance. All computers typically slow down as applications are installed and used, especially if the PC has been continually used for 2 or more years. Whatever work you do on your computer, especially if you’re using the Internet, hard disks can fill up with a lot of temporary files that usually remain even after they’re no longer needed. Over time, these files cause wear and tear on your hard disks.

Always keep your anti-virus program or malware program updated

While temporary files can enter your PC unnoticed, some viruses and malware may also do the same thing. If your anti-virus and malware program are updated, they can prevent viruses and malware from entering. Take note though, that these software may contribute to making your computer run just a little bit slower, a virus or malware living inside your computer will slow down your computer much more, and will cause damage to it.

Install an Ad Blocker

An ad blocker will block malicious websites, as well as reducing temp disk space usage for the browser by 30 percent. It also blocks out downloaded advertisement.

Clean out the primary partition using Disk Cleanup

The primary partition in most cases will be C:/ drive. All you need is to click on the ‘Start’ button, click on ‘All Programs,’ then go to Accessories, then System Tools, and then Disk Cleanup. Once Disk Cleanup is open, it will show a list of unnecessary files. All you need to do is to select the files you want to be deleted by checking the boxes and delete these files.

Update your video card and sound card drivers

These important updates will optimize your cards for faster and more stable performance. Video card drivers need to be updated every few months while sound card drivers may need a yearly update. In truth, you can’t depend on Windows Update to list new drivers for the video and sound card because it might not be that reliable. Instead, go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers.

Remove unwanted browser running add-ons and applications

When your web browser is slow to start and is slow in browsing, there might be unwanted third-party add-ons, toolbars, and other applications that are installed and running on your computer. All you need to do is to open your browser and depending on your browser:

  • For Internet Explorer – Find the ‘Tools’ menu and click ‘Manage Add-ons.’
  • For Mozilla Firefox – On the top-right corner, click the ‘Open menu’ icon, and click Add-ons. In the Add-ons Manager page, select Extensions.
  • For Google Chrome – On the top-right corner, click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon, and click Settings. Under Chrome, click Extensions.

Select the add-ons and extensions one at a time and disable them.

Often, though, the simplest answer may be right in front of you. If your computer is older than five years, then most likely its age is causing it to be slow. Computers progress at an alarming rate as new programs and updates come out and will cause older computers to slow down. The best practical advice is to buy a new computer, but before you do, you can consult with a professional tech support company BEFORE heading to the store.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:33:03 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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