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Don’t Replace A Slow Computer

Don't Replace A Slow Computer

Don't Replace A Slow Computer

If you’re having trouble with a slow computer, you may be tempted to think that the fastest solution is to replace it with a newer model. Don’t! You can spend a lot of money you don’t need to spend on new computer equipment. Yes, your computer performance will improve for awhile, but you could be throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

Find Out Why Your Computer Is Slow

You can indeed find out why your computer is slow. While it’s true, there are a lot of things that can impede your computer’s performance, you can eliminate the most common and obvious causes of computer slowdowns.

Most slow computers suffer from a lack of maintenance. That’s too bad because there are built-in tools to help you avoid computer performance problems. Most people either aren’t aware of them or don’t make it a habit to use them. The result: slow computer performance.

If you want to perk up your computer, start by doing the obvious. Are you running too many programs simultaneously? If so,close some applications you’re not using and configure your computer to avoid starting up programs when you boot the computer. Most applications aren’t needed immediately, so if you’re a fan of having your apps start automatically, be excessively choosy about which apps get the nod.

Make sure you have enough installed memory to run your operating system and your applications. If you come up short, install more physical memory in your computer. If that’s not a possibly, play with the size of the cache or set up virtual memory. Don’t go overboard, however. Devoting too much of your hard disk space to virtual memory can cause its own set of problems.

Keep your registry clean with a recognized registry cleaner like RegistryBooster. By keeping your registry trim, your computer can start up gracefully and minimize the amount of useless information that gets stored in memory. You’ll also avoid the “timeout” issues that abandoned registry entries can cause.

Defragment your hard disk regularly, using the built in tools provided by Microsoft. As long as you’re at it, correct any disk errors you find – also by using the built in Disk Check utility that comes with your Windows operating system.

Don’t be shy about getting rid of files you don’t use anymore. Empty out the temporary files and keep your files in the file system and not on the desktop. You can keep your file system tidy by using Disk Cleanup, another built in Microsoft tool.

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Can Hardware Cause A Slow Computer?

Can Hardware Cause A Slow Computer?

Can Hardware Cause A Slow Computer?

I’ve devoted a lot of time to identifying the myriad causes of a slow computer. There are almost too many causes to name. Just about anything from software to hardware can cause performance problems for computers. Recently, Intel released its new Dandy Bridge chipset. The chipset had been introduced in 2009, and Intel brought it to market in January of this year.

Sometimes Hardware Does Cause Computer Performance Slowdowns

The Sandy Bridge chips were designed to deliver improved video performance, specifically for gaming applications in a video market that’s currently dominated by AMD. The new chipset works with Intel’s i5 and i7 processors. As it turns out, the chips have a problem under heavy load with the serial ATA controller. Under the right conditions, the chips slow down to a walk, affecting communications to and from hard disks and optical disks.

Intel already knows about the problem and has determined that the newly minted chipsets are indeed, defective. Intel is no longer shipping the chip sets and is making plans to recall the affected chipsets that have already been introduced to the public.

The computer slowdown problem isn’t likely to affect a lot of consumers, and it isn’t likely to cause problems right away. That’s good news for consumers and bad news for Intel. The affected chipsets are more likely to be in desktop PCs, which have a larger drive-handling capacity than laptops do. Dell has said that some of its XPS, Alienware and Vostro computers have been built with the affected chipsets, and it will contact consumers about replacements. Intel says that it will resume production of the Sandy Bridge chipsets sometime around the end of the month, after having corrected the problem.

So the short answer here is “yes, hardware problems can cause computer slowdowns.” Failing hardware isn’t usually the cause of chronic slow computer performance, though. It wouldn’t be my first, second or third thought when it comes to diagnosing a slow computer.

If you’re experiencing a slow computer and don’t perform regular maintenance, consider doing the basics like clearing out old files, defragmenting your hard disk and repairing disk errors first.
If you do perform regular maintenance, consider using a registry cleaner like RegistryBooster to ensure that you have reliable computer performance all the time. RegistryBooster keeps your registry cleaner and makes your computer operate more efficiently. Regular registry maintenance with RegistryBooster eliminates many causes of slow computer performance and helps keep your computer fast and stable.

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Registry Cleaners: Yes, They Work

Registry Cleaners: Yes, They Work

Registry Cleaners: Yes, They Work

One of the longest-raging debates in the PC world involves the debate over registry cleaners. Does a computer’s registry really need to be cleaned? If so, what’s the best way to do it? Registry cleaners can and do work. To be sure, you can find so-called registry cleaner products that do nothing, or worse, actually do damage to your computer.

Choosing The Right Registry Cleaner Is Important

The registry is a complex database of information that your PC uses constantly. It holds information about the hardware and software installed on your computer; operating system and software configurations, and more. Changing the registry can be dangerous, because the changes you make are immediately effective and there’s no mechanism to check that the entries you’ve made are correct or even safe.

Applications often add information to the registry. When you update or uninstall an application, the uninstall routine is supposed to remove the registry entries that are no longer needed. If the uninstall routine isn’t working properly, or wasn’t well-written, information can get left behind in the registry.

This abandoned information remains in the registry, and the operating system has to digest it each time it boots up. Sometimes useless information just adds to the amount of time it takes for the computer to boot. Other times, the computer will slow down, while it waits for the software that made the registry entry to respond. If the software or hardware doesn’t respond, the computer will eventually time out and move on.

You can improve the performance of your computer by keeping your registry free of this kind of debris. The easiest way to make sure your registry is clean is to use a trusted registry cleaner like RegistryBooster. If you don’t believe that RegistryBooster can help, try a free scan of your computer. RegistryBooster will examine your registry and identify damaged areas that are robbing your computer of speed, performance and reliability. Correcting or eliminating these registry errors will help recover the performance that your computer seems to have lost over time.

RegistryBooster will make a backup of your computer’s registry before making a single change. You determine the changes you want made. If you don’t like the results, you can restore your registry to its previous state, and you can try a different approach to resolving your speed or performance issue. Regular registry maintenance can ensure that you continue to enjoy fast and reliable computer performance. Try your free RegistryBooster scan today and find out where your slow computer performance is coming from.

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Does Security Software Cause A Slow Computer?

Does Security Software Cause A Slow Computer?

Does Security Software Cause A Slow Computer?

If you operate a PC and take it onto a network, security must be a major concern. In a world filled with Trojans, viruses, spyware, adware, Java hacks and assorted other malware derivatives, going to the wrong Web-site can be an eye-opening experience. To counteract these bad apples, the PC security industry has developed a cadre of tools to protect individual computers from all sorts of digital malefaction. But can all of this digital armor cause a slow computer?

Protection Comes With A Cost

In one word, yes. Anti-virus software, anti-malware software, and other kinds of malware protection can and do cause computers to slow down. If it makes you feel any better, malware can also cause your computer to slow down. Tolerating slow performance due to malware protection is a trade-off of sorts. Frankly, having to be a little patient with a slow computer is better than having your banking information stolen.

The more protection you layer onto your computer, the slower your performance may become. It’s important to realize that anti-malware software doesn’t always play nice with other anti-malware software. You need to be careful, if you’re adding multiple security products to your computer, to avoid software combinations that conflict with each other.

There are two important reasons for this. First, conflicts cause real problems. One anti-malware software package may prevent you from accessing your computer, if it believes that another anti-malware software is really malware. Anti-malware software may also compete with other installed packages for resources or control. The result of that is never good.

The second major problem with running too much anti-malware software is that you may not be any better protected by having two anti-malware packages than you would be by having just one. Two anti-malware packages can miss infections just as easily as one can. In this case, two heads aren’t always better than one.

The best approach to protecting your computer against malware and making sure your computer is not too slow as a result is to have one highly recommended anti-malware package on your computer. Keep your anti-malware package up-to-date, and regularly download and apply the updates. Do the same thing for your operating system, and for applications like Java, Shockwave and Flash.

If you suspect that your computer has been infected by a malware program, there are scanners you can download that will run without conflicting with your installed anti-virus protection. If you find something, clean it up and patch your system to prevent further infections. Don’t arbitrarily layer on additional protection. Doing so can cause your computer to slow down significantly as your anti-malware software applications square off against each other.

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