Cleaning Up Your PC
A slow computer is really the bane of most people’s existence. There is something very annoying about waiting for a computer to finish loading something, whether it be booting up in the first place or opening a program. Generally computers will slow down over time, and this tends to just be a fact of computing life. However, you can mitigate this problem by keeping your computer in tip top condition. There are a few things that you can easily do to clean up a computer and also prevent it from getting slow in the first place. Simply educating yourself about these methods is a great way to improve your computing life.
Get Rid Of Malicious Software
First of all, if your computer has suddenly become much slower, then you might be dealing with a virus, malware, or spyware program. This is something that gets loaded onto your computer generally without your knowledge. It either sneaks on through an infected website or piggybacks with legitimate software. Whatever the source, it’s important that you get rid of it right away. Some malware and adware is harmless but annoying, but some can definitely endanger your privacy and online safety. For example, some malware will sniff passwords or detect other things such as account numbers. The best way to get rid of these software programs is to just drop some money on a good malware removal software program. Generally these are separate from antivirus software tools. One great tool that I’ve personally used is Spyhunter 4, which you can read about here. It’s a very safe and effective tool that I used to get a very annoying adware/malware program off of my computer after it took over my entire browser.
Clean Things Up
Another thing you can do is to clean out your PC of all the junk files and folders that tend to build up over time. A free program called CCleaner will do the trick for the most part. This is a great tool that’s quite effective in clearing out the junk files such as duplicate files and other recycling bin stuff that you’ve probably forgotten about. It will also clean the registry and defrag your hard disk, which is quite helpful.
Back Up Your Files
Also, this won’t speed up your computer but we highly recommend it: you should always always always back up your PC. Even if you just back up the files and not the entire operating system, you’ll thank me later. One of the best ways I’ve been able to do this is to sign up for an online cloud backup service. It’s SO EASY and you don’t have to think twice about it after you set it up. I strongly recommend either Backblaze or MyPCBackup. These are very effective programs and have made my life much easier.