The world is moving faster than ever before. We drive fast, we talk fast, and we expect our technology to be fast. Gone are the days when you’d wait minutes for a web page to load.
Just like people, computers tend to slow down as they get older. But also like people, they don’t have to. With some simple tips and tricks you can keep your computer running at lightning speed.
- When in Doubt, Reboot – This phrase is used so often among computer techs that it’s become truism. It should always be your first action if your computer starts slowing down. This works especially well when a program encounters an error and is using too much memory or too many resources. Turning the computer off and on again forces programs to stop and restart, which often fixes the glitch.
- Scan for Malware and Viruses – Malicious software and viruses can also slow down your system by running in the background, eating up resources. You should already have antivirus and malware protection software installed, but sometimes malware and viruses can sneak through. Run a scan and let the program deal with whatever it finds. If you still think there’s something wrong after running the scan, contact your local tech support team or call Technology Solutions at 207-368-2880. They can look deeper into your system to find threats your software might have missed.
- Spring-clean your drive – Just like your garage, your hard drive can fill up with junk that makes everyday processes (like parking the car or downloading a video) difficult or impossible. If your hard drive is full or nearly full, there’s no space to work, and your system may run slowly. Windows has a Disk Cleanup tool that can help by deleting temporary files and other data you don’t need. Just search for disk cleanup in the start menu and select the drive you want to clean.
- Uninstall unused programs – Deleting programs you don’t use can help in two ways: by making space on your hard drive and by stopping background processes that can slow you down. Just open the control panel, click on add/install programs and uninstall that old game you don’t play.
- Disable Startup Programs – You may not know it, but your computer is running a lot of programs in the background. Many of these start when you boot up your computer, which can slow down startup and overall speeds. To turn these off in Windows 10, open the task manager, click more details and then click the startup tab. From here you can see the programs that launch on startup and the impact of each program. To disable boot on startup, just click on the program and then click the disable button. Just remember not to turn off your anti-virus or firewall software. (Click here for a step-by-step on doing this in Windows 7)