Top Three Ways To Enable Your PC To Run Faster

A slow computer can be a nightmare, especially when any attempt to complete a task is met with loading, loading and more loading. Then the system crashes and you have to start again. At this point, your natural reaction is probably to throw the monitor out of the window to its well-deserved demise.
Fortunately you can improve the situation with a few useful tips, most of which can be carried out by all but the most computer illiterate. So without further ado, here’s how you can make your computer faster (or at least, more responsive).

Invest in a spot of software
Software can help with the process of keeping your computer running smoothly. CCleaner is one such program that helps you remove unwanted programs, delete unwanted temporary files and clean the registry, all of which can have an effect on performance. The software is free and easy to use, making it a no-brainer.
CCleaner can also be used to control the programs that run at startup. If you have to wait an age before you get to your desktop, reducing the number of programs in this list could prove advantageous as it reduces the initial load on your computer. Of course, be sure not to stop a vital program from doing its thing. Google a task name if unsure.

Check for viruses
Anti-virus software is another essential. Free options like Avira and Avast will keep your computer safe from most nasty items, which can severely affect how well your computer runs. Some malware can prompt fake warnings on screen. Removing these will be a big help.
Run a full system scan to remove all the nasties, then restart your computer and do it once more. Especially nasty intrusions may require a Google search to help remove them – and the use of Safe Mode.

Fortunately, you are probably not the first and certainly not the last to be affected, which means the whole process will be documented. If not, there are plenty of forums where you can ask for help.
In future, try to only download files from a reputable source and keep your anti-virus software up to date. There’s no such thing as being 100% safe, but those daily or weekly updates will keep most problems at bay.

Hardware upgrades
Computers may seem complicated, but inside the box is a bunch of components that fit together like pieces in a puzzle. With a bit of confidence (and the power disconnected), you can add a part or two that will really help speed things up.
Older computers can really benefit from having more memory ─ by that we don’t mean storage space.
If you are running as little as 256MB or 512MB of RAM (check your original spec sheet or use CCleaner to find out what you have), a relatively inexpensive upgrade can really help. A stick or two of 1GB or 2G of RAM will make your system punchier – and it’s good value for money.