Archive for June, 2012
Nothing Wrong With Getting Rid Of Bloatware
Bloatware changes from computer to computer, and manufacturer to manufacturer. Normally, manufacturers make deals with application publishers to place a certain number of demonstration applications or time-limited applications on new computers. These applications may not have any appeal to a user, or may never get used. As such, they can be removed using the Add/Remove Programs tool in Windows.
Some bloatware is persistent, but getting rid of the junk you don’t want right away will make more room available for your files and for the applications you do want. If you have a computer with an application that you don’t recognize, a quick Google search will tell you what the application is and where it came from. You can then determine whether you want to keep the application or not.
Most critical applications (e.g., the ones that are part of the OS) will be stored separately from your run-of-the-mill applications. Chances are good that if a questionable program is stored with all of your other applications, and you didn’t specifically purchase it or load it onto your computer, it falls into the category of bloatware and can be safely removed without disturbing your computing experience.
Bloatware can take up a significant amount of hard disk space, and worse, some bloatware may be configured to run automatically when you start your computer. This situation is what you really want to look out for. Not only is the software taking up space on your hard disk, but also it may be taking away valuable RAM from the programs you do want to run on your computer.
Once you remove the bloatware, consider running a registry cleaner like Speedy PC Pro to clean up your computer’s registry file and optimize the performance of your computer. If you begin this regimen when your computer is new, it’s much easier to keep your computer performance at peak levels. By eliminating bloatware, you’ll improve your hard disk performance and keep your computer running smoothly.
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Know Where To Start
You can’t really know what to fix until you know what’s wrong. That sounds intuitive, but really, most people don’t take that approach when diagnosing a slow computer issue. Speed and performance problems take two major forms. You have to work with things that “just happened” but you also have to address those things that happen “over time.”
In my last post, I talked about performance issues that happen suddenly. You can point to a time when the computer was good, and then something changed and it hasn’t worked right since. Those issues are easier to fix because you have a better chance of discovering the cause. Those instances will be caused by the slow network connection, the program that’s gone rogue, a nasty computer virus, processor overload, lack of RAM, etc. You can find and fix those pretty easily.
The performance issues that creep in are harder to diagnose and correct because you may be dealing with a raft of problems that by themselves don’t amount to much, but taken together can really slow down a computer’s performance. These performance problems are things like applications that are installed in “auto-start” mode, toolbars and utilities that actually degrade computer performance, hardware that is configured but isn’t used, etc.
There is a third category of performance issue that I call “tweaks.” Tweaks allow you to apply changes to a computer’s hardware or software configuration to change its performance characteristics, but most users don’t tweak their computers for the sake of improving performance, and you can make a fair argument that the benefits of a particular tweak don’t always outweigh the drawbacks.
You’ll get the most “bang for your buck” by attacking chronic performance killers like a trashed out registry, utilities that you don’t need or use, and font overloads. The problem, of course, is that most people don’t know where to start. For optimizing your PC, I recommend SpeedyPC Pro. The program is easy to download and install, and takes over the job of monitoring your PC performance. With SpeedyPC Pro, your computer can be a top performer in just a matter of minutes.
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