There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting down at your computer, booting it up, and then waiting 10 minutes for your home screen to load. Slow computers are not only annoying, they can also waste a significant amount of your time. Your system can become slow for any number of reasons, but before you shell out thousands of dollars on a new model, here are some tips and tricks you can try that may help get things running smoothly again.
How to make your computer run faster: Backup your files to an external hard drive
Do you still have every paper you wrote in undergrad in a folder on your desktop? Or what about the thousands of photos that you still haven’t gotten around to editing? It’s perfectly fine to keep these files, but to keep your computer running efficiently, get into the habit of backing up everything to an external hard drive and deleting non-essentials from your computer. You should always aim to have at least 20% of free space on your hard disk, so let your photos, documents, and other work that you use infrequently stay on an external hard drive whenever possible.
Uninstall unused programs
Most systems come standard with many programs that you will likely never use. Uninstalling these programs can free up large amounts of storage space and help your system run more efficiently. If you find that you need all of the programs you have installed on your computer, and you are running out of space, then you may want to consider purchasing and installing a higher capacity hard drive. If you do upgrade your hard drive, strongly consider a Solid State Drive (SSD). These drives can drastically increase the overall speed of your system. If you have any questions on what size or brand SSD to purchase, please contact us for a recommendation.
Install antivirus and security software
One of the most common reasons that computers become slow is due to malware such as a virus or ransomware. In today’s online world, you no longer have to open up an attachment in an email to become infected. Malware is now sophisticated enough that you can unwittingly install a piece of malware simply by visiting your favorite website. To keep your computer secure, be sure to install a trusted anti-malware suite that will prevent your system from downloading bugs and other viruses.
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