Why is my computer slow?

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Why is my computer slow?

Postby scghost » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:28 pm

Update your antivirus software and run a full scan. Antivirus software helps protect you from viruses and other suspect files that can spread by simply opening email. It performs regular system checks and detects when foreign files are trying to infiltrate your computer. Norton and Kaspersky are the two standard-bearers in the industry, and can often be purchased for about $20. Do not use Registry Optimizer or so called Clean Reg Tools. Most of these cause more harm than good in the future with your PC.

Clear up some space on the hard drive. Deleting unnecessary files that your computer stores is an easy and simple way to free up memory and improve overall performance. To do this, access Disk Cleanup in Windows and delete Temporary Files on a Mac. For Windows XP, Windows 7, and Vista: Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean. (For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, click the start menu, type "Disk Cleanup", and click the disk Cleanup icon once populated.)

Uninstall useless programs or programs you rarely use. These can include games or media files that you or your children never use, as well as programs that have become redundant or obsolete. For Windows: Follow the Start Menu to Settings and then to Control Panel. From this screen click on Add/remove programs or Uninstall a program and uninstall programs that are no longer needed.

Download and install a spyware removing program. Spyware is a kind of malicious software installed on computers that tracks certain information without the user's knowledge. For both privacy implications and the health of your computer, it's best to delete spyware and other "malware." You should be able to download anti-spyware software on your computer for free. Once downloaded, install the program and run it; if you are not an advanced computer user, read the directions. Malwarebytes is a highly recommended and trusted software that stop malware dead in it's tracks. The program can be downloaded from https://downloads.malwarebytes.org/file/mbam_current/

Defragment your hard drive. Fragmentation basically is when your computer's files get disorganized, hurting your computer's ability to lay data out sequentially. Defragmentation is the correction to this process. For Windows: click on My Computer, then click Properties, then click the Tools tab. From this tab just click on the Defragment button and then run the program. You can set it up so that your computer automatically defragments at set intervals.

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