A question we often receive is “Why is my computer so slow?  Is there anything I can do to speed it up?”

The following are some tips on how you can restore your computers performance back to the level it was when you first got it.

Have you checked your free space lately?

To keep your computer running at peak performance, you should have a minimum of 20% free space of your total disk.   Free up space by transferring seldom used files to a portable hard drive or memory stick.  Video files are the biggest offenders as people are trending towards high definition that are notably larger files.

Listen to your computer:

If your computer sounds like it’s about to take off to the moon (especially when all your programs are closed), chances are there is something interfering with the way your system cools itself. 99% of the time, dust is the culprit.  It is important to do an anual visual inspection of the inside of your computer, paying close attention to the system fans and the processor heat sink for any signs of dust accumulation.   

The cooling system of your computer is designed to dissipate heat from the processor to give it maximum performance. The faster your processor performs the hotter it gets, when the cooling system (heat sinks and fans) cannot keep up, the fan speed is increased and the processor throttles back the performance to bring the temperature down to an optimal level. 

Removing dust and debris from your computers cooling system can make a significant difference.

Start-up:

Most computer performance issues can be traced back to when you first pushed the power button.  During the start-up process many unnecessary programs are loaded into memory for your convenience. Unfortunately the more programs you have running, the less memory your computer will have for applications you’d like to use. Examples of offending programs are digital camera software, gps software, iTunes helper (for people who have iTunes installed but are not using an Apple device). While most of these programs don’t take up much memory on their own, over time the list grows. Programs such as you’re built in MSCONFIG or HiJackThis can be used to manage your start-up entries.

Malware:

The most common reason your computer seems slower is that over time you have accumulated some unwanted (and sometimes) malicious software.  Regular antivirus scans will help eliminate these pests and help boost your performance once they’ve been removed. It is also recommended that  additional scans with alternative software (such as Malwarebytes) to ensure complete eradication of unwanted hidden software.

By following these helpful tips, you’ll free up tied up resources and bring your computers performance back to where it should be.