Saturday, 10 January 2015

11 Simple Ways To Make Your PC Run Smoothly

Computers have the tendency of slowing down with age. But, you can keep your machine running for a long time, if you follow some basic commandments. Here are 11 simple ways, that allow you to run your PC smoothly:

1. Run cleanup programs regularly

If you aren’t aware of any good cleanup program, we’ll recommend you one. CCleaner is an useful app which help you find and delete caches and other temporary files which creates backlog in your system.

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2. Remove useless animations and special effects

Some of the features or animations takes up a lot of memory and removing those can speed up your machine. If you use Windows 7, disable resource hungry “Aero” theme. Simply Right click on your desktop and choose “Personalize” after which choose “Window Color” Tab and uncheck “Enable Transparency”.

3. Update your Antivirus regularly

Viruses and malware can seriously reduce your speed drastically, so it is highly advisable to eliminate it at the very source. If you use some free antivirus, there are chances that it can be a virus itself! Instead, you can opt for Microsoft’s Security Essentials antivirus software. You can schedule daily and weekly scans for your system.

4. Upgrade RAM for multitasking

If you multitask or if you are into heavy gameplay and picture editing, increasing RAM can be a good option. It is economical and easy upgrade which can give new life to your system. Use “Memory finder” tool from Newegg to figure out your system needs. If you are tech freak, you can do it yourself or else hire a technician!

5. Invest in SDD

Solid state drive or SDD increases your load timing. HDD which is the traditional hard drive is being replaced by faster SDD, which is solely based on flash memory and have no moving parts unlike HDD. SSD are getting cheaper now and they result in faster startups and uploads.

6. Control App launches in you system

If you feel that your system is taking too long to boot, you can limit the number of programs and apps during the startup. To go through such list, click Start and search for “msconfig”. Next, click on startup tab and you will notice that list. You can uncheck the extra apps from the list and you are sorted!

7. Search for resource hogging processes

A computer runs multiple processes at a time but you should know about these processes. On Windows, click on Taskbar and choose Task manager and notice any unwanted process running or hogging up your RAM and also Google your doubts. If you find something fishy, toss it out.

8. Install fresh Windows after Virus infestation

Antivirus do their job well but it is tech advice that one should perform fresh installation of Windows after you recovered your machine from malware or virus attack. You should have your data backup as it will erase everything completely. Simply plugin the USB or CD after shutdown and follow on screen instructions.

9. Clear your internet cache

If you struggle while surfing, it might be browser’s fault and not that of your system. Every browser comes with different set of instructions, but in general, navigate to Settings tab and look for history and cache.

10. Refresh computer index

Re-indexing your computer can greatly speed up your system. The process is long but worth opting for. On Windows, use “Disk Defragmenter” app and schedule weekly de-fragmentation.

11. Restart your machine regularly

If you leave your machine on or on standby mode for longer duration, programs take more memory than usual. Turn your system off when idle or when not in use, so that it can get rid of heavy resources and it also installs updates which are launched regularly.

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