Having a powerful computer that functions smoothly and quickly is not even a dream – it is a total must for all computer users. However, sometimes even a powerful machine might glitch or slow down. This might be caused by various reasons. There are some tips and tricks that you can use to improve your machine’s performance. Today we will provide you with some advice on how to speed up your computer. Let us know in the comments section if you have some additional suggestions!
Use antivirus software to make sure the PC is not infected
Invest in a good antivirus software that helps you protect your computer from any possible threads and viruses. Make sure that you complete regular scans of your machine and enable the live protection. Malware and viruses can definitely slow down your computer, so having a totally clean PC is a must.
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Clean up your PC
Cleaning your computer with the help of tools like CCleaner is a great way to instantly and automatically remove all the junk files that are generated and kept on your computer. As soon as the unnecessary files are deleted from your machine, it should work much faster. Such programs also clear your cookies and cache.
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Force close the programs running in the background and limit start-up
Plenty of programs on your computer are launched automatically as soon as your OS starts. There is no doubt that there will be programs that consume your CPU resources while you don’t even use them. There are two things that you can do about it: 1) you can prevent the auto start-up of some programs through the Task Manager of your computer; and 2) you can close the processes as soon as you have finished working with them.
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Uninstall unneeded programs
Along with cleaning up junk files, you can also opt for removing programs that you rarely use. You can check when the programs were last used on your computer and based on this information, you can remove some of the old installations.
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Opt for fewer CPU-consuming programs
Google Chrome, for example, is a program that is known for its high consumption of CPU. Thus, you can swap Google Chrome for another browser. Microsoft Office takes up considerably more computer space than LibreOffice, so this package by Microsoft can be substituted with its open source analog. In addition to that, you can turn to portable programs (programs that don’t need installation), which might also help with speeding up your computer.
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Update programs and drivers
The programs and the drivers that you have installed on your computer usually have periodical updates. It might turn out to be helpful if you can keep track of the latest versions of the apps and drivers that you have.
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Upgrade hardware and/or use SSD
You can try all sorts of tips and tricks for speeding up your computer over and over again; however, if your computer’s hardware is simply outdated, too weak, or it doesn’t respond to the purposes you’re using it for, maybe it’s right about time to upgrade your hardware. You can also try switching to SSD to improve the performance of your computer. SSD is much faster than HDD, and in most cases switching to SSD should speed up your PC considerably. It is like switching to a Porsche from an old Ford. The only con of this tip is that you will need to pay some extra for hardware or SSD.
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After all these actions are complete, make sure you keep your computer clean. Our guide on how to download the best software and avoid malware will definitely help you with that.