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6 Easy Ways To Speed Up Your Computer

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Don’t you wish you could speed up your computer? Remember the days when your computer used to be lightening fast. But now has become slow and sluggish.

The reason why our computers get slow and sluggish over time is because of all the junk we load on to it. Because of viruses and unwanted spyware. Because of bloated disks.

The best way to speed up your computer is to re-format and re-install. But often that is not an acceptable choice.

There are tools available that perform different tasks that will help in speeding up your computer without a reformat.

Here are some tips that you need to follow on a regular basis.

1. Remove viruses

This should be common knowledge now. But you would be surprised as to how many people still do not have an anti-virus program. There are a lot of free ones out there that do a good job. I use Avast

2. Remove spyware

Spyware like viruses are malicious code installed on your PC. Spyware collects personal information without letting you know and without asking for permission. This slows down your computer.

Use these tools to aid in removing spyware:

3. Clean up your hard drive

Over time you store a lot of temporary, and other files to your hard drive that you do not need. You need to get rid of these files that clutter your hard drive

The Disk Cleanup tool helps you to free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.

4. Defragment your hard drive

Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk as a file is opened (to piece it back together). The response time can be significantly longer.

5. Detect and repair disk errors

Disks do not last forever. Overtime they develop small amounts of errors. Sometimes files are stored at these suspect locations.

In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.

6. Use Ready Boost

Ready boost acts like a swap file on steroids. When your local ram is filled with loaded programs and data, your computer needs to swap idle memory out to disk.

Ready boost acts like a swap file, but in solid state memory.

If you're using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can use ReadyBoost 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.

Happy and speedy computing.

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