Three Ways to Speed up Your Computer
Computers, like many other forms of technology, can decrease in functionality and effectiveness over time. While an aging computer might produce painstakingly slow internet browsing, lagging applications, and slow start-ups, all hope is not lost!
You can do several things to increase the speed of your computer, without having to buy accessories to increase the storage capacity or the amount of working memory. Before you get hung up on your slow computer and consider purchasing a new one, let’s take a look at three simple ways you’ll be able to speed your machine up!
Figure out What’s Eating Your CPU’s Resources
A simple way to begin looking for ways to speed up your computer is to check and see what applications might be eating up your CPU’s resources. Once you check and find certain applications that tend to take up a lot of your computer’s performance energy, you’ll be able to take note of these applications and ensure that they aren’t running at the same time, pushing your computer to the brink of an explosion.
Shedding light on this issue is simple, and you don’t have to be a technological wiz to figure out what program is using what percentage of your CPU’s resources. It’s an easy task to go about; press Control + Alt + Delete and open up your computer’s task manager. Go to the “Performance Tab”, where a variety of graphs and percentages will be displayed.
These visuals show telling information about the percentage of CPU resources each open application is using. From here, you’ll be able to accurately diagnose a potential cause of your computer’s slow performance.
Is your computer still running slow? Take a look at the next tip!
Get Rid of Unnecessary Browser Plug-ins
Chrome users might be rolling their eyes as they read this, but plug-ins for your internet browser, as convenient as they can be, can often lead to lagging or slowed-down internet performance. One plug-in, in particular, Flash, is a known culprit when it comes to slow web browsing. When Flash is disabled, it isn’t able to use portions of your computer’s CPU, invariably speeding up the speed of your operating system.
While a multitude of convenient plug-ins and extensions exist for internet users to take advantage of, particularly Chrome users, they can lay an unnecessary burden on your computer’s performance capacity. Get rid of unnecessary plug-ins and extensions to relieve some of the tension on your CPU!
Is it still performing slowly? Let’s take a look at one final point!
Get Rid of Unused Programs!
This may sound obvious, but computer users often download programs or applications that are seldom used. Sometimes, if not used often enough, said downloads sit in your computer’s storage, clogging up disk space until it takes you three minutes to open a YouTube video. If you have a ton of unused programs taking up storage on your computer, you’ll experience slower overall performance.
Finding and removing these programs is simple. You’ll need to go to your control panel, and then click “Add or Remove Programs”. This section of the control panel gives you an overview and list of all the programs you have installed on your computer. Simply go down the list, and rid your computer of the unnecessary programs and applications!
You’d be surprised at how many programs you’ll get rid of. Often times, certain manufacturers of computers will slip factory-made programs on to your operating system before you get it, known as bloatware. This bloatware, while not malicious, is usually junk that takes up space on your computer’s hard drive. Get rid of it if you see it!