If you are like me then you probably spend quite a bit of time online. Whether it is working on your website, spending time blogging, or possibly doing some social networking at Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin. I don't know about you but I am not a patient person. When my computer starts to get bogged down I want to SCREAM!!!
I am sure there are other out there like me so I am going to offer you a few tips on how to keep your machine running smoothly.
There are many that think it is time for a new computer when their PC starts to crawl. Most of the time you don't need to run out and buy a new computer.
Feel free to print this out and use the tips the next time you want your computer to run a little bit quicker.
Add Additional RAM
The one thing that you are probably lacking is what is know as RAM. RAM is the memory of what your computer uses to store data and programs that you are currently using. The more programs you add to your PC over time the slower it is going to get. Adding additional RAM is much cheaper than buying a new computer. The cost will depend on how much you need but it is relatively inexpensive. You can get RAM by taking it to any local computer store. I would recommend wherever you bought your machine.
Delete Unused Files
Deleting the "temporary" Internet files, Internet history, and cookies will speed up your performance. Here is how you do it: On the task bar of your computer click "Tools". Scroll down and select "Internet Options". From there you can easily select what you would like to delete.
Remove Any Unused Programs
Unused programs will take up a lot of your RAM. There is no need to have programs on your computer if you never use them. Some machines come with programs installed on them that you may not even realize you have. There are probably other programs that you may have installed at one point and don't use anymore as well. To delete the programs you are not using, click "Start" then click on the "Control Panel", Find the icon that says "Add or remove programs" and click on it. Scroll down to the program that you know you don't use and hit delete. Your computer will tell you how to complete this task.
Defragment Your Hard Drive
This one is one of my favorites as it can make a big difference if you have not done it in a while or ever? The more programs you add to your computer, the more space is taken up. These programs aligne themselves in blocks. When one of them is deleted it leaves what is called a "white or blank space". When you have enough of these spaces it causes your machine to take a longer path to complete a task. By De-fragmenting you create a cleaner path which speeds up the performance. Here is how you Defrag your computer: Double click your "My Computer" icon then right click on the "C-Drive" option. Click on "Properties", "Tools" and then "Defragment". Once you do this your computer will "Defrag" itself. Depending on how long it has been since you did this last it could take a while. Trust me this is well worth the wait!
Have a Spam filter, Anti-virus, & Spyware protection
This one probably goes without saying. You want to make certain you have protection from online threats. Not only will these programs slow down your computer or completely shut it down but they can also steel your vital information!
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