There are many things that can bog down and slow the operation of your computer system. Here are some ways that you can speed up your system so it runs faster for you.
Turn Off Anti-Virus Programs
Leave your Firewall on but turn off anti-virus programs if you’re playing a game or working with an application that takes a lot of computer power. The firewall can protect you from Internet threats. Be sure to turn the virus protection back on once you’re done. You’ll gain some computer speed with the virus program off.
Plug In Your Laptop
When you run your laptop off of the batter you don’t get as much power from it. To gain some computer speed back you should plug the laptop in when you’re at home and not on the road somewhere.
Turn Off Programs You Don’t need
When your computer starts up there may be several programs running you never use. Close these programs down to gain speed. When your operating your computer normally, only run the programs you need, close everything else. The computer has to switch back and forth between programs and this slows it down.
Most computers have room for additional memory sticks. Add as much memory as your computer can hold. You’ll gain speed for games and application that require plenty of power such as video programs and photographs.
Be sure to scan your computer for viruses, malware, and spyware on a regular basis. You may have these malicious programs and not even know it. Eliminating them will speed up your computer and reduce problems with the system. For serious infections a computer technician can help you.
Make sure your compute is cleaned often. The buildup of dust can slow down the entire system and even destroy the sensitive components. You can do this yourself or have a qualified technician do it for you. This should be a part of any sensible maintenance plan for your computer.
Run the defrag program to speed up your hard disk. This can eliminate many problems with your system. You can do this on a periodic basis to gain more speed.
Software programs come out with upgrades all the time to fix programs with software and install new features. These new upgraded programs can work better on your system and you can gain speed by using them so make sure you have all the upgrades for your software. This is particularly important for the drivers of a video or sound card.
Watch For Error Messages
An error message means something isn’t quite working the way it should. Try to fix these yourself but if you can’t then see a technician. Errors can slow the system down and cause more problems if you leave them without doing anything.
Sometimes a bad connection can cause problems. Make sure all your cords are working correctly and upgrade older cords if there’s a need. Check the Internet connection too to make sure you are getting a proper connection if it seems slow.