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Keeping Things Clean Helps Speed Things Up
Generally, you can’t go wrong by keeping things clean, and this is especially true on your computer. To keep things clean on your computer, try deleting files you no longer need. This includes temporary files that your browser or installation routines may create or leave behind. Use the disk cleanup utility to identify this clutter and give it the heave-ho.
If you have large files stored on your hard disk that you don’t use (or use only infrequently), consider moving these off to a DVD, CD-ROM or external hard drive. This will help make more space available on your main drive, which in turn, will speed things up for you.
I discussed bloatware in my last post, and this stuff is an ideal candidate for the recycle bin. Consider getting rid of font packages you don’t use, either. Those files load each time you start your computer and they will drag your performance down.
Keeping things clean is only one way to improve your computer performance. Keeping things neat is another way to speed things up. Your Windows file system has an order to it, and keeping files stored in the file system will help. Don’t store files on the desktop because the desktop is a special place that’s treated differently than a folder in the file structure is. Use the Downloads folder or something similar to catch files you pull off the Internet, and store the files you create in My Documents or a sub-folder.
Keep your registry clean and use a trusted registry cleaner/optimizer like Speedy PC Pro. Speedy PC Pro is easy to download and install, and it’s simple to use. You can scan your computer for problems with a click of the mouse, and fixing errors is just as simple. Speedy PC Pro is a trusted, well-recommended product and will have your computer operating at peak efficiency in no time. Download a copy and see for yourself what a difference Speedy PC Pro can make!
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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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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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