Improve your Computers Performance and your Productivity

Improve your Computers Performance and your Productivity

Improve your Computers Performance and your productivity

Nothing slows business down more than a sluggish computer. After a few months to a few years or so your computer can eventually slow to a crawl. If your PC is wasting what little precious time you have, you can make it faster. Getting good performance is all about maintaining your computer properly. Now is the time to take action and restore your computer’s speed as well as your productivity. Below are some proven computer performance optimizing enhancements to get your PC running like new again. We use many of these ideas to keep our customer computers running at peak performance. Use these tips to increase computer speed and keep your desktop or laptop running smoothly.

1: Scan and Remove Viruses and Spyware

One of the most common causes of a slow computer is the presence of malware. Malware can sneak onto a computer many different ways. See our security article here for more information. Quite often it sits in the background slowing your machine while it gets used for unauthorized tasks without your knowledge. You should regularly perform upkeep checkups and scan your system at least monthly to get rid of any malware slowing your computer down. In addition to performing regular scans, you should also regularly scan for viruses and spyware. Always have only one antivirus program installed on your computer or it will slow it down.  If a cleaning fails to restore performance due to a really bad infection you will need to do a wipe and reload of Windows to get your computer running properly again. This can be a time consuming task but it will run like new again and may be worth the effort.

2: Check CPU Specs & Cooling

System slowness can also be a sign of old hardware or a cooling issue. If the computer is really old (between 5 to 10 years old), it will have a very old and slow CPU and will need to be replaced. On the other hand if the hardware is under 5 years old and it is still slow, your CPU may be overheating. If your computer suddenly starts operating very slowly, check to see if the case feels overly hot. Check that the computer has adequate airflow around it. If the airflow seems good it may be that after may years of use your computer may need internal cleaning from dust and debris. Cooling issues must be troubleshooted to determine the exact cause. Overheating can result in harm to internal components over time.

3. Increase RAM Memory

Older computers typically have a much lower amount of memory, around 4gb. In this case one of the quickest ways to increase your computer’s performance is by adding more RAM memory. Adding memory is low cost and can be added very easily. This is simply a matter of snapping in additional memory chips. We would recommend having 8gb ram minimum and if you keep many programs opened at once double it to 16gb.

4: Upgrade your hard drive to an SSD Drive

Upgrading to an SSD drive will make your computer feel much faster. So much so that you will be very surprised. Although SSDs are more expensive and you get less storage capacity for the price compared to regular hard drives, they are well worth the money. An SSD will make a system feel more responsive or “snappy” to use. Startup times are also cut for sure. It will be very noticeable. Once you have one you will never go back.

5: Try another Web Browser

If its the internet that’s slow then try another web browser. If you want to have your Web browser feel more responsive and you are using Internet Explorer (IE), then it’s time to try and switch to Firefox or Google Chrome. Browsers perform differently. Also make sure that popups are turned off for better protection.

6: Delete your browsing history files

Clean browsing history, cookies and cache will help make the browser perform better. Regardless of the browser you use, you should clean out its history regularly. Your browsing history records the website addresses that you visit, temporary Internet files, cookies and information entered in websites such as your name and address. Cookies are tiny data files that store information about your custom website settings. Cleaning them out often can help free up space and improve browsing speed.

7: Remove Unneeded Programs

Overtime software builds up on your computer. This takes up unneeded space. You should periodically review which programs you no longer need and remove them in Windows, Control Panel, Add / Remove Programs. If you can’t identify the program don’t remove it or you may cause a problem.

8: Reduce Items that Run on Startup

If your computer takes a long time to start up another thing you want to do is to reduce your startup items. Startup items can eat away at precious resources so it is important to limit what is automatically starting up. Prune what you don’t need or want by removing or preventing them from loading at startup.

9: Delete unneeded data files

Every so soften go through your data and delete or archive old unneeded data files, documents, pictures, videos and empty the recycle bin. Archive old files to an external drive if needed. It is best to keep plenty of free hard disk space. A 50% level is a really good target. As free space gets lower and lower your computer to slow to a crawl. Also keep in mind a failing hard drive can cause slow performance as well. So make sure your doing your backups! See our backup article here for more information.

10: Delete temporary files & Clean the Windows Registry

Physically cleaning out the temporary files is a fundamental maintenance step. This is a simple task that can free up drive space and will help keep your PC running more efficiently. A program called CCleaner can delete temporary or potentially unwanted files left by certain programs. The program also includes a registry cleaner that will locate and correct problems in the Windows registry. Periodically running these scans will help.

11: Apply Windows Updates

Pending Windows Updates can slow down or cause a computer to freeze. Given enough time or a reboot, the computer will eventually unfreeze. You can help this by applying updates frequently so there won’t be too many updates to do all at once. It is also important to reboot (restart) at least once weekly, but daily is recommended for best performance.

12: Add a faster DNS server

DNS servers are often the cause of why web pages load slowly. Consider adding a fast DNS server as your primary DNS server in your TCP/IP settings. Google’s Public DNS server is a great option to use. The IP address is 8.8.8.8.

13: Defrag Your Hard Drive

Defragging your hard drives is a great way to get more performance (if it is more than 10% fragmented). A defrag optimizes your hard drive so that files are more quickly accessed. It is best to defrag your drive monthly or sooner if you excessively download, install or uninstall programs frequently.

14: Check your network and Internet speed

Slow internet browsing or slow file access can be caused by your network speed or internet bandwidth. This could indicate a problem with internal network cables, switches, routers, WiFi access points or possibly your internet provider. The key here is to isolate the slowness and pinpoint exactly what is slow.

 

If you have any questions with optimizing your computer(s) please call us at (732) 702-5400. Pro-Tech can assist you with optimizing and proactive maintenance of your computer(s) and network, as well as many other IT services. Please visit our website homepage for a list of other IT services we offer.

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