There are a number of things people do that slow down their PC. If you own and/or work on a computer system, you know and understand the importance of keeping it operating smoothly. Here, I will introduce you to 7 things that may bog down your computer. I’ll also cover some simple and effective measures that can assist in optimizing your computer.
Things That Slow Down a PC
1. Start up programs are one of the most common issues when it comes to a slow running computer. These are the programs that you have set to start when Windows starts. It is really convenient to have your computer set up to automatically open the programs that you use most, like various types of messenger programs, Office files, and even media players.
Many programs you install can secretly place background programs in your start up without your knowledge. You may never even see these programs running. Over time this can bring your system to a crawl. If you find that your system is starting to run more slowly, start up seems to take forever, and the overall performance of your system is hindered, you should definitely consider looking into all of those start up programs.
2. Downloads are the next way that people can slow down their PC. There are many appealing types of software that can be downloaded for free. These include business utility suites, games, office products, calendars, and just about everything else you can imagine. There are two things that you need to know about free computer software that can be downloaded from the internet.
The first thing is that these programs may potentially affect the overall performance of the system due to the fact that they take up space on the hard drive and they also require a certain amount of virtual memory to run. The second thing is that most free programs also come with adware, spyware, and similar potentially malicious programs. These programs can also affect the performance of your system. 3. In some instances, people slow down their PC by using the space on their desktop for folders that contain information. Many may create folders that they place pictures in, or folders that contain media that have been downloaded. Over time, the amount of space that is required by these “desktop items” can really bog down the system that they are placed on. When Windows loads, it must load all of these files on the desktop. If you have many, this will take a tremendous amount of time.
4. The next most common thing that people do to slow down their PC is that they fail to empty out the recycle bin on a regular basis. If you delete files, they go into the recycle bin that is listed on the desktop screen and/or the start menu. Even though the files are deleted by the system, they still take up space in this area. As a result, performance may be hindered significantly.
5. Internet surfing habits may actually bog down the overall performance of a PC. Not too many individuals realize this. Do you visit a lot of websites that host free games? What about peer to peer sharing programs like Frostwire and Kazaa? Do you visit adult websites? Did you know that all of these programs and types of websites that actually install adware, malware, and similar programs on your system? Naturally, performance is highly affected by these types of programs.
6. The next thing that people do to slow down their PC is that they fail to delete what is known as “temporary internet files” from their system. These are files that are stored on a computer to help programs and web pages load more quickly. Unfortunately, these pieces will normally add up quickly. Eventually, these pieces of information will affect the performance of the system.
7. The next thing that many people do that actually slows down their PC is that they do not perform a defrag on the hard drive regularly. As files are saved on a computer, eventually they are broken down into several pieces. When this occurs, the computer has to work harder to make them work appropriately. In return, the performance lags dramatically.
How to Optimize Your Computer’s Performance
There are a number of ways that you can optimize your computer s performance. Listed below are some strategies that I find effective:
1. Purchase an external hard drive and put all files that you want to save on this. In addition to this, many programs can actually be installed on the external hard drive instead of the main system. This will ensure that the performance on the main computer is optimized. 2. Be sure to delete the temporary internet files and browsing history on a regular basis. This is done by visiting internet options in the control panel. Once you go here, look on the General tab and select the appropriate options.
3. Be certain to delete the files that are stored in the recycle bin on a regular basis. I like to do this immediately after deleting files so that it does not slip my mind.
4. Do not download programs that you do not need or will use on a regular basis. If you have already done this, simply go to add/remove programs in the control panel, select the program, and uninstall it.
5. Perform regular maintenance on your system. This includes doing a defrag on the hard drive in order to put pieces of programs back together so that the computer does not have to work hard in order to operate and performance is not hindered.
There is nothing worse than a computer that runs slowly and lacks in general performance. Here, you have been introduced to several things people do to slow down their PC and well as a number of methods that can be used to optimize performance. If you want to get the best out of your system, apply these optimization strategies for success!