50 Ways to speed up your computer
First of all here is some definitions of what you might see
Malware: Software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.
De-fragment: Reduce the fragmentation of (a file) by concatenating parts stored in separate locations on a disk.
Virus: a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs
Start up Programs: program automatically loaded after a computer starts.
User Accounts: A user is a person who uses a computer or Internet service. A user may have a user account that identifies the user by a username
Cookies: A message given to a Web browser by a Web server. The browser stores the message in a text file. The message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Hardware: The machines, wiring, and other physical components of a computer or other electronic system.
Software: The programs and other operating information used by a computer
- Delete all unnecessary files/documents.
- Keep your recycling bin empty.
- Minimize start up programs.
- Keep user accounts to the bare minimum as it will slow down your computer a lot.
- Ensure you only keep programs and documents you use a lot on your desktop
- De-fragment your computer regularly (download a good one here)
- Always have Anti-Virus software (heres a free and trustworthy one)
- Always delete suspicious software or software you didn’t install.
- Keep the hardware clean. e.g Keyboard (on laptops) and dust build up inside shell of computer.
- If your computer overheats it can cause a lot of damage to sensitive parts don’t let it get too hot.
- Always update your computer with either the latest windows update or OS X (For Mac users)
- Upgrade your hardware when when problems arise to avoid further damage to computer.
- Always keep your Anti-Virus definitions updated.
- Use minimal programs at once e.g only have one internet browser open.
- Keep your internet browsers updates as outdated browsers can let unauthorized processes run on your computer.
- Never download something unless you completely trust the person who made it.
- Avoid using pirated/unauthorized programs as they often carry malware.
- Run virus scans often – early detection is better than finding it later
- Ensure you have the correct versions of programs installed. e.g Make sure you have the 64 bit version of something if you run a 64 bit operating system
- Make sure your computer has sufficient cooling.
- Unpin unused programs from start up menu and toolbar (Windows 7)
- Always keep free space on your HDD
- Delete suspicious cookies.
- Don’t leave your computer running for long periods of time without restarting or shutting down as this will occupy a lot of temporary data and RAM
- Disable unnecessary gadgets (windows 7)
- Close programs you aren’t using
- When using a laptop make sure the power setting is appropriate for what you are doing. e.g, when using a program that needs a lot of processing power such as Photoshop or Sony Vegas always turn it up to high performance, but if you are using it away from a power source you should lower it to increase battery life.
- Clean out your computers registry and unused temporary files using this program (ccleaner)
- Never click suspicious ads online as they can often be misleading and possibly dangerous to your computer or personal details
- Delete files and empty folders that are not 100% needed.
- Limit the amount of programs that take up large amounts of space such as games.
- Delete installers after installation has completed.
- Always remove any unnecessary toolbar from internet browsers.
- Ensure all your important files are always backed up and up to date.
- Remove temporary internet files
- Remove Windows temporary files, such as error reports.
- Delete optional Windows components that you don’t use.
- Delete installed programs that you no longer use.
- Remove unused restore points and shadow copies from System Restore.
- Delete system files (Windows 8).
- TIP: If you’re using Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista, you can use Ready Boost to speed up your system. A new concept in adding memory to a system, it allows you to use non-volatile flash memory—like a USB flash drive or a memory card—to improve performance without having to add additional memory. With Windows 8, if you have a storage device that will work with Ready-boost, you’ll see an option to use Ready Boost when you plug the device into your PC.
- Periodically perform a scan disk to make sure that your files are all in working order. This scan should be performed about once a week.
- Don’t use your computer in an electromagnetic field or put magnets near your computer, that’s how you wipe data
- Don’t keep multiple copies of documents
- Keep computer well ventilated away from just and objects
- You can keep your laptop running fast if you vacuum all the vents and ports out at least once every six months
- Modern computers are very powerful but still can become slow if too many processes are running.
- Keep any power adapters cool and well ventilated.
- Service your laptop at least every two years.