Archive for May, 2012
Slow Can Start Anywhere
Sometimes, “slow” happens fast. Your computer is working and then suddenly, it isn’t. When this happens, your “slow” computer could be caused by trouble on your PC’s network connection, a processor overload or a program that’s gone rogue. If things were fine this morning, and now they’re not, quitting all applications would be my first piece of advice. Once you have the applications shut down, if the computer is still slow, reboot and see if your problem clears.
If “slow” happens slowly, your performance problem is more likely the result of how you use your computer, rather than what’s going on at this instant or that instant. Conditions that can contribute to a slow computer accumulate over time. At some point, you notice that your computer just isn’t as fast as it was at one point, but you can’t really find a smoking gun.
In this case, optimizing your PC is more likely a solution than anything else. By optimizing the way your PC performs, you can control what your computer does, when things happen and how they impact your performance.
Optimizing your PC sounds daunting because there are many ways to optimize your PC. Optimizing is also a matter of personal preference. What works for me and what I prefer won’t always work for someone else.
There are many different tools available to optimize your PC, but the one I like best is SpeedyPC Pro. SpeedyPC Pro gives me the tools I need to really make sure that my PC operates the way I want it to work. By eliminating the things that slow the computer down, like leftovers in the registry and services you don’t need, you can really improve the performance of the computer, and ensure that you’re not wasting time while you wait for your computer to perform tasks you don’t need or aren’t interested in.
Choosing the right optimizing software is easy, as long as you work with SpeedyPC Pro. The software is easy to install and use, and the interface is simple to understand. For my money, nothing works better for me than SpeedyPC Pro.
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A Few Tips To Keep You Running Smart
Eliminate What You Don’t Need Start by eliminating what you don’t need. Whether it’s a program that’s set to start up when you boot the computer, toolbars that came along for the ride when you installed something else, or files you no longer need, get rid of them. They take up processing power, memory and disk space – all of which can come back to haunt you and slow your computer performance to a crawl. If you don’t need it and don’t use it, get rid of it.
Don’t forget the programs that come loaded onto the computer when you first buy it. Many of these programs are demonstration versions that are crippled or time-regulated. If you don’t pay for a full license for the program within a certain number of days or weeks, the program stops working anyway. Others are truly free programs, but they have little or no value. Again, if you don’t use these things, get rid of them.
Update Your Computer Regularly If you run a Microsoft computer, you should know that Microsoft comes out with regularly scheduled patches and updates on the second Tuesday of each month – Patch Tuesday. They also sometimes deliver an “out-of-band” update, often on the fourth Tuesday of each month. In addition, third party manufacturers distribute driver updates on their own schedules. Configure your computer to download these patches automatically and install them. Your computer will be better protected and will function better and more reliably over time. With drivers, don’t rely on Microsoft to distribute the drivers you need. Either check the manufacturer’s website yourself or use a driver management software package like Driver Detective to keep track of your driver updates.
Keep Your Anti Virus Software Updated Your anti-virus software has a tough job to do. Keeping your virus definitions updated is critical to ensuring that your computer remains free of viruses that will slow the computer down and rob it of performance. With a compromised computer, your personal data may also be available for the taking, so keep your A/V up-to-date at all times.
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