Everyone loves a new computer and the way it effortlessly powers through the most demanding of tasks. However, over time, a laptop’s load speed and overall efficiency could begin to fade making its performance sluggish, which is less than ideal when it comes to loading programmes and web pages.
Fortunately, there are some simple tips and tricks that you can use to restore some of the speed and performance of your computer. However, before exploring these in detail, it is important to understand why your computer runs so slowly.
As you use your computer for everyday tasks to browse the Internet, download files, add or remove programmes or complete any activity on your computer, it slowly collects a lot of junk and causes a range of problems in the background that remain invisible. Perhaps one of the main causes of computer slowness is file fragmentation. However, this is one of the most time-consuming tasks to fix so it’s best to start with the simplest fixes first that can immediately boost performance and save the hardest till last.
The best ways to optimize speed is to clean up your computer. There are many free system cleaners available which remove unnecessary junk files, empty the recycle bin, clear opened program lists and clear temporary files. If these files are left to gather dust, they not only cause problems with your computer’s performance, but they can also eat up valuable space on your hard drive. Another task you can do is to clean up your desktop and only keep the programmes and folders that you use the most. Remove any programmes that you don’t use and delete any old files. Once your computer is free from any unnecessary files, you should have more hard drive to use for important things.
The next step is to defragment your hard drive. This process will consolidate all of the empty spaces in the file system and maintain your computer’s storage. The empty spaces cause your computer to work harder and take longer to complete routine tasks.
Remove viruses, malware and spyware
Every Windows computer is vulnerable to malware. Once this enters the system, it can fill valuable system memory, taking up resources that could be used for other tasks and in turn slowing the whole computer down. Your computer should be periodically scanned for malware to eliminate this problem.
Fix System Errors
When you install laptop upgrades or system updates, restarting your computer can result in system errors which occur in system files. These errors will in effect cause the operations to freeze, and they can result in programmes stopping, not responding or causing problems that prevent the computer from running smoothly. There are various scanners that you can use to address any errors that could be causing your computer to slow down.
These simple yet effective steps can significantly improve the performance and efficiency of your computer by removing unwanted and unnecessary files and programmes so that your computer is operating as effectively as possible.