3 Simple Tips To Speed Up Your Computer

There are many different ways to speed up your computer and by following some very simple steps it can be easy to get your PC back on track. You may be noticing that your computer is taking a lot of time to do some basic tasks like opening Microsoft Word or Excel, or even worse, you may be experiencing blue screens, frozen applications and even operating system failure.

The following simple tips will help you to carry out some simple tasks to sort common problems and speed up your computer.

1. Disk defragmentation

If you find your computer is taking too long to complete basic tasks, such as opening programs then it may be due to fragmentation of the files on your disk. When you save files to your hard drive these are stored on the first available space on the disk. However, if the file is too large for that space it uses what space is available and saves the remainder of the file elsewhere.

When you click on a fragmented file, your computer has to search the entire hard disk for fragments of that file and piece it together to open the file for you. Using the Disk Defragmenter tool helps to speed up your computer, as it arranges the file fragments in neat piles to occupy less space on your disk.

2. Check your disk space

Another simple way to speed up your computer is to check that you have enough disk space. When you surf the Internet, cookies, programs and files get stored in the downloaded programs or temporary Internet folder. Windows also stores files in its temporary folder. The result is that there are many files still on our computer that we no longer need.

Running the Disk Cleanup tool compresses old files, removes all unnecessary files, empties the temporary files folders and also the recycle bin freeing up large amount of disk space. In addition your hard drive can develop bad sectors, which can cause your computer to slow down. Running the Disk Error Checking application is an easy way to find and resolve these and speed up your computer.

3. Check for Adware, Spyware and Viruses

As well as your computer running slower than it used to, you may notice that some files are missing or applications are running erratically or displaying strange graphics and messages. At the extreme this can result in blue screens, frozen applications and even operating system failure.

If you have not done any significant changes in your system files that may be likely to cause your computer to function this way, then these may be the work of adware, spyware or a virus on your PC. These programs quietly enter your computer and make changes to your system files and cause your computer to function strangely.

Many of them also attempt to steal your personal information, such as usernames and passwords without your permission, which puts your accounts at risk. Installing a good antivirus and an anti-spyware software can detect and remove potentially harmful applications and speed up your computer significantly.

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