How To Speed Up Your Slow Computer The Easy Ways

So your computer is slow. Actually it’s doggedly slow. There really aren’t words, at least not to be said here, to describe how frustratingly slow. The question is what are you going to do about it? If you scour around the Internet you will undoubtedly get 151 answers that include everything from wiping your computer to going out and buying a new SSD drive.

Fortunately there actually are some fairly easy ways to speed up computers that suffer from some of the typical reasons why computers get slow. Some of these typical reasons are

  • Unneeded and Unwanted Software
  • Two Antivirus Programs Installed
  • Malware
  • Missing Windows Updates
  • Other Windows Problems

Do You Have Unwanted and Unneeded Software Installed

Computers have a tendency to end up with a lot of programs installed that you probably don’t know are there. Many of these programs may have even been on your computer when you bought it. Computer manufacturers started the practice of loading extra software that they claim are for convenience when in reality a lot of it is added opportunity for them to increase their profits (Ssshhh! Don’t tell them I told you, it’s a trade secret).

Many people think that if you leave the software on your computer it won’t really hurt anything. Sometimes this is true but as your computer gets older and you load other programs on to your computer that unused software may start causing some issues. The problem is that even unused software may have some services running or scheduled tasks installed. These things by themselves are not usually a problem but added to other software that has been installed or even the possibility of Malware or corruption it can be contributing to the big picture and causing you to have a slow frustrating computer.

uninstall programs

As you look through the list of installed programs you may discover programs that did not come with your computer and that you have no memory of installing yourself. These programs are probably the result of some other program that you actually did install on purpose.

Many programs that you download today have other programs bundled inside of their installer.This practice is becoming more common on today’s Internet. It doesn’t change the fact of them contributing to a slow computer or that you weren’t even informed(really) that they were being installed. It’s just how companies are making their income for what they do these days. Now that you know about these PuPs you know to keep your eye out for them.

Two Antivirus Programs Installed at the Same Time

Having two Antivirus programs installed seems like a logical idea. After all if one antivirus program protects your computer then two will do it twice as good. That is perfect logic. Unfortunately except with only one or two exceptions this doesn’t work. The two programs continuously fight with one another making some computers so slow they are as close to unusable as it gets. Choose the antivirus program you like best and uninstall the other antivirus program completely.

You Have Malware On Your Computer

There is no doubt that the single most popular reason that a computer becomes slow is because of malware. Malware comes in all different shapes and sizes. Thousands of different variations a day in fact. The chances are greater that you will get malware than the chances that you won’t. No matter what type of computer protection you have watching over you.

It’s a really great idea to setup a regular schedule and just run through a regular routine and check for unwanted baggage so to speak. This routine is actually pretty good. It is not a complete cleaning process but it serves well as a regular practice.

Running through these programs will help make sure your Antivirus program is doing a good job. Remember, if your antivirus program doesn’t see a threat so it can tell you then you will never know it is there.

Missing Windows Updates

Not keeping Windows updated with the important and critical updates is like leaving the front door open when you leave the house. Those updates are patches and improvements to Windows so the malware creators don’t have as easy of a time getting into your computer.

Windows updates are turned on by default. It is always possible that something goes wrong or settings get accidentally changed so it is a good idea just to go in and make sure everything is ok every now and then. Also be sure to check the Windows Update History. Make sure none of the updates failed and were never installed.

Not only is not updating Windows a security risk it can have a huge impact on certain software and how it runs. This includes things like video and printer drivers. If these interface programs are not running correctly they can be a major contribution to a slow or misbehaving computer.

Other Windows Problems

Windows is a huge program. It isn’t like the Facebook game you play on occasion or even the office software that you use. Microsoft Windows is how every single thing on a computer works. If something goes wrong with Windows someplace then there is no telling what rippling effect it may have. Fortunately most Windows problems can be resolved without having to completely wiping your computer and reinstalling Windows.

The version of Windows you have installed on your computer determines how Windows can be repaired. Sometimes it is as simple as using a FixMe module from Microsoft and other times it is immensely more complicated. Finding a PC Helper is sometimes your best option. Whichever way you choose to go there is virtually limitless information on the Internet on what to do for what type of behavior. Just make very sure that the source of information is a good one.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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