Speed or Performance Issues.

Is your computer suffering from any of the following? :

If you are then its probably time you did some spring cleaning to make your computer running more efficiently and smoothly. There are quite a lot of things that can be done to speed up your comptuer so it may take some time, but be persistant as its worth it in the long run.

Spyware and Virus removal.

Firstly lets make sure its clean of spyware and viruses. If you have protection already make sure it has the latest definitions and run a full scan. This may take quite a long time but spyware and viruses can slow down your computer. If you do not have any spyware protection please download Malwarebytes and run a full scan to make sure your computer is clean. If you need anymore help you can see my generic section for removing spyware and viruses. Once you are comfortable this has been done you can move on to the next section.

Registry Cleaning

Now, firstly i need to warn you that making changes to the registry can cause the computer to stop working. However the program i will talk about removes problems in the regstry that can cause slowness and allows you to make backups to you can revert the changes. This is third party software and we accept no resonsibility for any issues caused by you using it. That being said its the safest one i have found and use it all the time. So to clean the registry please download and install CCleaner.

Once you have installed CCleaner you need to run the software. Once it has opened please do the following,

Temporary File Removal

Removing temporary files can potentially improve disk accessing performance. You can do this using the the windows version called disk cleanup (instructions here) or the same program as above - CCleaner

If you choose to use CCleaner follow these instructions. When the program loads it will start up in the cleaner section. You need to do the following :

Remove Unused programs.

Some programs automatically start processes and threads in the background. If you no longer use these programs they are wasting resources so it is worth uninstalling any programs you do not use.. This can be done from either the control panel > programs and features or again CCleaner has a feature that allows you to do this. Open ccleaner and click the tools button. Here is a list of programs installed. Remove any that you no longer need or use.

Remove Programs from Startup.

Lots of programs have autoupdating features that check for product updates when the computer starts and then informs you. You dont have to have these loading as they take up resources. If you do remove them you will have to initiate any updates manually. I.E goto their website and download. Such programs that use this kind of auto update are : Java, Flash, Adobe reader, Quicktime, HP tools and many more. You can stop them loading using CCleaner :

Defragment Hard Disk.

To get an overview, please read this page of what disk fragmentation is. To remove / reduce the amount of fragmented files on the computer you need to run defragmentation software. There are various ones out there. You can use the built in windows version by doing the following :

If you wish a slightly quicker third party defragmenter. The makers of CCleaner also do a peice of software called Defraggler - Downloadable here.

Once you have finished restart.



Hopefully by now all your computer speed issues have improved.


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