If you have owned a personal computer for more than a year (or a few months sometimes) you will probably notice that it is not running as fast as when you first purchased it. Programs take longer to start and may hang more often, the operating system boots much longer than it previously did, and perhaps even your internet connection doesn’t appear to be as fast as it once was. A few very simple methods exist to remedy these issues, so let’s take a look at how you can restore the original performance of your computer.
It is an unfortunate reality that many computers purchased from electronics outlets come with a massive amount of preinstalled software. This software, known as bloatware, is often unwanted and unneeded and has already degraded the performance of your computer before you have even powered it on for the first time. Luckily, there exists a humorously named piece of software called the “PC Decrapifier.” This tool will help you remove the bloatware and make your computer run as it was intended to.
Searching for and Removing Malware
You are reading this, which means your computer is connected to the internet…this also means that you are susceptible to malware. Malware is everywhere these days and it will wind up on your computer one way or another. Let’s be honest, we have all made a few risky clicks when browsing the web. Two of my favorite anti-malware tools are Spybot 2 (previously known as Spybot – Search & Destroy) and Malwarebytes. Both have been around for years and free editions exist for each. Download, run, remove the bad stuff, be happy.
Use a lightweight antivirus solution
When software is referred to as ‘lightweight,’ it means that it uses few resources on your computer. Antivirus software is notorious for being a resource hog and the added protection it gives your computer often times is not worth the tradeoff in performance. Believe it or not, in recent years Microsoft has released a free, lightweight and very effective antivirus solution (and no, I’m not winning a bet using Microsoft and lightweight in the same sentence) called Security Essentials. Ditch your current antivirus software and give this one a try.
Combine the suggestions above with some basic computer maintenance and you will be in good shape. Hopefully your computer is now chugging along just as it did when you drove it off the lot, er, you know what I mean.