If you spend a large portion of your day working from your computer, then almost nothing is more frustrating than a computer that runs slowly as you will be losing productivity while you are waiting for programs and web pages to load. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to improve your computer’s performance and help it run faster. Here are just a few things you can try to get you started.
Defragment Your Hard Drive
By defragging your hard drive, you will essentially be consolidating all of the empty spaces that are created on your hard drive every time you add and remove files. The problem with these empty spaces is that they make your hard drive take longer to perform even basic processes, making it take longer for programs, folders, and files to open or run. You should then consider scheduling your computer to automatically defrag your hard drive on a weekly basis, as this will help to keep your hard drive running more efficiently. You can easily access your computer’s defragmenting tool by searching for “defrag” or “defragment” in your start window.
Remove Malicious Software
Another common culprit of slow computers is malicious software such as viruses, malware, spyware, and adware. Once a virus or malware is on your computer, it stores itself in your system’s memory hogging up space and slowing down your entire computer. If your computer has begun running slower than normal, consider installing a good quality antivirus and antimalware program onto your computer and running it to check for malicious software. If threats are detected, follow the program’s recommendation on how to handle the threat. You should also consider scheduling the program to regularly scan for threats, as this will prevent this problem from occurring again.
These are a few of the easiest ways to improve your computer’s speed and performance. Contact us to learn more about what you can do to boost your computer’s performance as well as to look out for your latest computer tip of the day.