One of the most common things asked of our remote support specialists and tech-wizards onsite in our Stourport repair offices is how to speed up a slow computer. A lot of people think that once a computer starts struggling to maintain its clock speed, it’s destined for the scrap heap. While this is true in some cases, even the most cutting edge technology can run into performance problems now and again. A lot of the time, diagnosing these problems is pretty simple, so if your PC is running slowly, try one of these simple fixes.
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
If your computer hasn’t been rebooted in a long time, make sure to power it off and on again before attempting any of the following fixes. It may sound obvious, but there’s a reason this infamous IT saying is so popular: more often than not, it works!
If your computer is still taking an age to boot, it could be because you’ve got one too many programs chugging away in the background. If that’s the case, head into your computer settings, or download a program like CCleaner, and disable any start-up programs that aren’t vital to the running of your desktop.
Almost everyone has some form of anti-virus protection on their computer, and while this might help your computer in the fight against malware, it can cripple performance if it isn’t properly configured. If you notice that your PC is struggling to complete tasks and is slow to load, open up your anti-virus software to see if it’s running any kind of background scan. For obvious reasons, turning off these scans completely is a bad idea, so simply reschedule them to run during times when your PC is not in use.
Delete temp files
Every time your computer executes a program, loads a web page, or uses an application, temporary files appear on your hard drive. Although these files usually only weigh in at a few KB, over time, they build up and begin to impact performance. To combat this, download a cleanup utility and let it scour your hard drive of all these unnecessary files. Not only will this free up some storage, but speed your computer up too.