“I have a need … a need for speed” – Maverick in Top Gun.
Everybody wants things to be done as fast as possible. Nobody likes things that waste their time … at least nobody that I know.
Computers were made to help us accomplish more at lesser time, but what if your own PC is doing the opposite?
It is frustrating to have a PC that is very slow or always hanging or even crashing at times.
Computer manufacturers are doing their best to give us faster computers, that’s why the keep improving on processors, RAM, cache memory and so on. But even a computer that was initially fast can begin to slow down with time. So what could be the causes of this?
Let’s look at the things that can cause a computer to slow down.
I believe that the solution to every problem begins with knowing their causes.
There are some problems that can cause your computer to slow down that are very common and can easily be fixed with common sense, that’s of course, if you know where the problem is coming from. Some of the problems include:
#1. You have too many programs running at the same time.
It is very common for people to download applications, some that they don’t even need. Some of these programs can be running on the background without you knowing and this all together can slow than you PC.
It is best to install only the add-on/apps that you need. If you computer is slowing down and you suspect that this could be the cause, you can check for the programs that you don’t use and have no plan of using anytime soon and uninstall them.
#2. You don’t have enough free RAM.
RAM is essential to the speed of a computer and that’s why RAM size matters a lot. If you are the type of person that do use too many softwares at the same time, maybe because of the nature of your job, having a larger size of RAM will do you a lot of good.
#3. Virus/Malware infection.
A virus or malware infection can significantly cause your computer to slow down.
It is recommended that you regularly scan your computer for virus/malware with an up-to-date anti-virus software and anti-spywares.
#4. Low hard disk space.
Lack of hard disk space can also cause your PC to slow down. Generally, Windows will always warn your when you hard disk is getting low. If this happens to be the case, you can move some of your media files to an external hard drive.
You can also get rid of some files in the hard disk that you don’t need. When you delete a file, they end up in the recycle bin. Recycle bin is not a virtual memory. It is still occupying some amount of space on your hard disk.
A quick way to clean your hard disk is to double-click on “This PC”, right-click on your hard drive and select “properties”. Then click on “Disk Cleanup” and wait for it to scan.
After the scanning, it will show you some file junks that can be cleaned up. Select the ones you think you don’t need and click “OK”.
#5. You PC has been running for a long period of time.
It is recommended to restart your computer every once in a while. Restarting you computer can free up memory resources tied up by some programs.
#6. A scanning program is running in the background.
If a scanning program such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, automatic backup are running on the background, you computer may begin to slow down. If this is the case, you just have to wait for the scan to complete because they are good to the overall health of your computer.
#7. Your PC does not meet the minimum requirements of a software.
Most softwares have some minimum requirements that must be met before they can run properly. If you install a software that you computer did not meet its minimum requirement, your computer will most likely slow down when the software is running.
It is necessary that you meet the minimum requirements of a software before you run it on you PC to avoid story that touches the heart.
Now to the more technical problems…
Some of these problems include:
Over time, the many files that make up a program tend to become scattered across the hard drive. This misalignment not only impacts program speed, it also causes excessive movement of the hard drive.
Windows Startup Bottlenecks
Ever notice your PC taking longer to start than it used to? Many apps are set to automatically start whenever your PC is started. Some are required and should be in the startup process, but many aren’t needed and create resource bottlenecks that slow down boot time.
Registry Errors and Clutter
The registry, a database that holds key settings used by the Windows operating system, is one of the most important components of your computer. When it becomes corrupted with invalid and obsolete references, as it commonly does with regular PC usage, the overall condition of your computer declines: both speed and stability are negatively impacted.
With regular usage, junk files quickly accumulate on your PC: unneeded debris can come from Internet browsing, programs that don’t clean up after themselves or even unexpected computer restarts. The result is always the same: gigabytes of drive space wasted and your PC’s processing load needlessly overtaxed.
Available RAM Decline
When memory is low, everything on your PC can suffer. As we open, use and close programs with regular use, memory often becomes trapped as a program doesn’t always release unused RAM after it closes.
Your processor is one of the most powerful components of your PC, but it can get dominated by background processes that aren’t essential to the task at hand.
Fragmented Files on Hard Drive
As you create and delete files, your computer can’t store a single file as one unit and instead will split it up and store portions of it across different locations on the hard drive.
Over time, this fragmented data builds up and your PC’s resources become overburdened: gathering the scattered pieces takes more time and the physical wear on the mechanical parts of the drive increases.
More details on these problems can be found on iolo.com.
How to fix these problems and make your computer faster
An easy way to fix these problems and make your computer faster is to use 1-Click PC Tuneup. With 1-Click PC Tuneup, you can literally fix the problems that are causing your PC to slow down with just a click of a button.
1-Click PC Tuneup is a powerful but easy-to-use PC tuning software that can automatically diagnose all the issues that slow down your computer and fix them with its powerful built-in features such as registry cleaner, junk files remover, memory optimizer, etc. All these can be done automatically after one click of the fix button, It’s a totally baby operation.
Here are some of the things 1-Click PC Tuneup can do for you:
- Optimize and Speed Up PC
- Diagnose & Fix PC Errors
- Stop Freezing and Crashing
- Protect Internet Security and Privacy
1-Click PC Tuneup has many wonderful features and they are:
- Registry Cleaner to Clean up registry errors and prevent system freeze and crash;
- Registry Optimizer to remove unnecessary and useless registry entries;
- Junk Files Cleaner to scan and remove junk files from your computer and free up space;
- Memory Optimizer to free unused allocated memory for better utilization;
- Internet Optimizer to examine and adjust internet settings to maximize your network speed;
- System Service Optimizer to check and optimize system service to maximize the utilization of resources;
- Shortcut Cleaner to clean up invalid shortcuts to maintain a clean and uncluttered desktop;
- Privacy Cleaner to clean up privacy traces;
- Startup Optimizer to customize and optimize startup programs to short PC startup time.
How to make your PC faster with 1-Click PC Tuneup
1-Click PC Tuneup is pretty easy to use. First you have to download and install the software. You can download it here.
After downloading and installing the software, lunch it and it will automatically analyze your computer.
When the analysis is done, It will take you to step 2 which is the result of the analysis.
At this point, all you have to do is to click “Fix Now” and all the errors found on your PC will be fixed. It is as simple as that.
Other manual ways to make your computer faster
#1. You can also speedup your computer by checking your hard drive for errors and optimizing and defragmenting your hard drive.
To do that, simply open “This PC”, right-click on your hard drive and select “properties”. Then click on “Tools” and you will see the “Check for error” option and the “Optimize and defragment” option.
Side note: You don’t need to do this if you used the 1-Click PC Tuneup.
#2. If your computer takes too long to boot, this may be because of too many apps that start with your PC whenever you turn it on.
You can disable the apps that you don’t want to boot with your PC. To do this, open your Task Manager (a quick way to do this is to use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Esc).
Once your Task Manager is opened, click on the “Startup” tab and you will see a list of apps that start with you PC. You can disable the ones you don’t want by selecting them and clicking “Disable”.
Warning: You need to be very careful here, make sure you disable only the apps you are sure of what the do and you’re sure you don’t need!
If you’re on windows 7 or lesser versions, you can find the “Startup” tab by entering “msconfig” (without the quotes) in the search box and opening the msconfig.exe file.
Which other ways do you use to make your PC run faster? Tell us using the comment box below.