Last updated on May 23rd, 2017
Working in a slow computer is a problem for everyone. In this article you can find some easy to follow tips that help you to keep your computer fast and functional.
Tip No 1: Always clean your computer from useless files.
Waste files are always created to our systems while we perform operations like internet browsing (Temporary Internet files that are not temporary in fact), or while installing applications (Temp files), or while deleting files (recycle bin), etc. All these files fill up our hard disk's space and slow down hard disk's speed.
To clean your system from all of these unwanted files you can use two excellent free utilities:
CCleaner utility helps you to clean all temporary internet files easily, empties your recycle bin, cleans current user's temporary files, etc. CCleaner also cleans your computer's registry from unwanted entries.
* If you don't know how to install and use "CCleaner", read these instructions.
2. TFC by OLD Timer:
"TFC – Temp File Cleaner" by OldTimer, is a utility that helps you to clear all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), with a few clicks.
* If you don't know how to download and use "TFC" , read these instructions.
Tip No 2: Reduce the number of applications that run on the Windows startup.
Many setup applications add unnecessary programs in Windows Startup. All these programs run always in the background and slow down the speed of our system. For that reason always eliminate the unnecessary programs from startup.
If you are not a computer expert, you can use CCleaner utility to do this. Run CCleaner utility and choose:
Tools > Startup
At the right pane Disable (and not Delete if you are not sure about your choice) the startup entries that you don't want to run at Windows Startup and restart you system. If you are facing problems after the restart, run the CCleaner again and enable the corresponding entry.
Tip No 3: Uninstall unused applications.
Remove from your computer all programs that you don't need and empty free space.
Read this article to learn How to add or remove programs in Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and server versions.
Tip No 4: Backup your data.
Always backup your data on a separate device, like an external portable hard disk and keep this backup disk unplugged from your computer in a safe place away from your computer or network.
Tip No 5: DO NOT visit untrusted sites.
Keep away from sites that contains: pornographic or betting material, warez programs and cracks. All of these sites manipulate the security holes of internet browsers and harm your computer.
Tip No 6. DO NOT install free extra applications.
When you download and install applications from internet, DO NOT install extra applications that comes with them, e.g. free toolbars, free antivirus, etc.
Tip No 7. DO NOT open e-mails from unknown senders.
DO NOT open e-mails from unknown senders that informs you that you won a large sum of money, or e-mail that includes attachments with suspicious extensions, e.g.: exe, .bat, .com, .vbs or .scr .pif , etc.
Tip No 8. Perform a full scan with your antivirus program, once a week.
Always have installed an Antivirus program into your computer and keep it always updated. If you don't have an antivirus program already installed and you don't want to buy one, you can download and install one of the free reliable antivirus programs available. Read this article for the best Antivirus programs for home use.
Tip No 9. Perform a full scan with MalwareBytes Antimalware, once a week.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus programs fail to detect or remove.
*If you don't know how to install and use "MalwareBytes Anti-Malware", read these instructions.
Tip No 10. Keep Windows always updated.
Set your computer to automatically download and install Windows Updates
Some more tips:
Tip No 11. Use a lightweight Internet browser.
When you browse the internet, try to use a lightweight Internet browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Avant Browser. The use of these internet browsers, instead of Internet Explorer, has also the advantage that you are more secure when surfing the internet.
Tip No 12. Keep your files organized.
Make folders for your files and keep them organized and always delete the useless or duplicate archives. Another tip is to reduce the number of icons on your desktop to reduce Windows load time at startup.
Tip No 13. Defrag you hard disk drive
In every job you perform on your computer, e.g. when you browse the internet, create, copy, move, delete file/s, the system uses the hard disk to accomplish your job. The result of this is that useless files remain on your hard disk and occupy your hard disk's space.
To defrag your hard drive go to: Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter and choose "Defragment disk".
Tip No 14. Keep dust away.
Periodically clean your computer from dust remaining inside to avoid high temperatures and operational problems. The best way to do this is to use a powerful air blower. Also ensure that the air flow outwards is not prevented. If you own a laptop computer avoid using it over fabric materials.