Why is my PC so slow?
Whether you’ve had your computer for five months or five years, the sad truth is that it is bound to slow down over time. Simple day-to-day activities such as downloading music and videos, surfing the web, and installing programs can take a toll on your computer’s speed. Want to improve your computer speed and have a reliable PC?
Fortunately, there are numerous ways to manage these components to maximize your computer experience and increase the life-span of your PC.
How to make my computer faster:
1. Delete Browser Extensions and Add-ons
One of the culprits behind your PC’s slow speed are browser extensions. More often than not, these sneaky add-ons are coupled with a free software download and surreptitiously install themselves on your browser.
Some even disguise themselves as search tools to stay concealed, but actually download ads to your computer and bombard you with pop-up ads when you access your browser.
Removing these extraneous add-ons from your browser can yield a significant increase on your computer’s performance. To uninstall add-ons and extensions, simply refer to your favorite browser down below and do as follows.
- Hit the settings button on the far right
- Find More Tools and hover over it
- Click Extensions
- Uncheck the extension to disable it or hit the trash can icon to delete an extension
- Click the menu button and choose . The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
- In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the panel.
- Select the add-on you wish to remove.
- Click the button.
- Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.
- Choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click Extensions.
- Select an extension from the list.
- Turn off the extension by deselecting the Enable checkbox. If you can’t determine what an extension does, or you don’t expect to use it again, click the Uninstall button.
- Open the menu on the far right
- Select “Extensions”
- Right-click the extension you want to remove and select Remove, or select the extension and click the Remove button.
- Click the Tools button, and then click Manage Add-ons.
- Under Show, click Downloaded controls to display all ActiveX controls.
- Click the ActiveX control you want to delete, and then click More information.
- In the More Information dialog box, click Remove. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
2. Free Hard Drive Space
Full or almost full hard drives can slow down your computer immensely. In fact, in some cases, a full hard drive can inhibit your computer from even starting up. If possible, do not let your hard drive reach 80% of full capacity.
Clearing up some storage is a great way to get your computer running faster. This process, although tedious depending on your hard drive size, is actually simple.
Start with finding and deleting duplicate files.
You probably have more duplicate files than you think. Most duplicate files consist of music, photos, or videos. You can sort through manually and sort the files by name and delete the duplicate files, however I recommend finding a free software to do the work for you.
Your iTunes folder may also contain numerous duplicate files of songs that you already have. To locate these duplicates, choose File > Library > Songs > Show Duplicate Items.
Clear your downloads folder.
Anything and everything you download goes through the downloads folder. It could contain numerous duplicates or just unnecessary junk files that are no longer needed and hogging up that extra stroage.
PDF’s of bank statements or concerts, random photos, songs from unofficial sources?
Those can all go into the recycling bin.
Empty your Recycling Bin.
You would be surprised by the amount of people who forget to empty their recycling bin. It seems intuitive that once you drag it into the trash, it should be gone. However, users must go the extra step in actually the contents of the recycling bin.
This is not always a bad thing if you dragged something away on accident, for example, because as it is not gone forever and easily retrievable.
Nevertheless, make sure to empty the recycling bin to ensure that you are getting your storage back properly.
Simply opening up some files your computer or running programs produces smaller folders on your hard drive that make your computer access said files and programs quicker. These tiny files do not take up a lot of space by themselves but can build up over time and significantly slow down your PC’s overall performance.
To get around this, Windows has a program called “Disk Clean-Up” already built into your computer to remove these files and get your PC back to speed. To access this program, type “Disk Clean Up” in the start menu and select the hard drive that you want to clean (in most cases, you should choose C:). Then, select the folders you would like to delete and sit back while Windows does their magic.
3. Replace A Failing Hard Drive
Failing hard drives are one of the worst occurances out there regarding your PC, depending on if you back up your storage regularly. If not, you will have some work to do, which is explained further, but you must act in a timely manner.
Overall, a failing hard drive is extremely unpleasant because it slows down your system substantially. However, that is not even the worst part.
When your hard drive fails, you lose all your data and you have little to no chance of retrieving it. Time is of the essence when it comes to a failing hard drive. I recommend finding a software that can diagnose the health of your hard drive before proceeding, if you have any suspicion that your hard drive is in fact dying.
The following is more geared towards those that do not back up their storage, however, if you do back up your hard drive on a regular basis, simply buy a new hard drive and move all the contents from your external storage (cloud, an external hard drive, etc.) into your new one. I cannot stress this enough, you must back up your hard drive routinely.
Want to know the early signs of a failing hard drive? Check out this post here.
If your hard drive still works.
If your hard drive still works at this point, you are in luck. Your system is probably extremely sluggish and/or constantly freezing but backup whatever files you can.
While it may seem trivial, start with the most important files such as pictures and precious documents that have personal value because your HD could die at any moment.
If your hard drive no longer works.
At this point, unless it was physical damage, there is still a sliver of chance. You will not have to pay thousands of dollars upfront to a professional who only has a chance at retrieving your data. Not just, yet. You have the option of spending some money on an external hard drive enclosure and downloading a recovery software on a new computer. It is not a guaranteed method, but it is better than paying thousands for data.
Of course, it all depends how much that data means to you but might I remind you that it is not guaranteed that the professional will be able to retrieve your family vacation photos.
DO NOT FORGET TO BACK UP!
4. Turn off Startup Programs
Some recently downloaded software can make its way into your startup menu and bombard you computer with programs and windows opened as soon as your computer boots up. Those programs are awfully annoying and decrease your computer’s performance substantially. You can effortlessly remove these programs from start up by doing the following:
For Windows 8 and 10:
- Windows Key + X
- Task Manager
- Start Up
- Right-click the programs you wish to disable
- Windows Key + R
- Type “msconfig” and hit enter
- Start Up tab
- Unselect the programs you wish to disable
5. End Resource-Intensive Programs
If a program is taking up 95% of your CPU or Disk, then your computer is gonna be quite sluggish as it does not have the necessary resources to run the other programs.
If you suspect this is the case, open up your tast manager (either by right clicking the taskbar and clicking “task manager” or pressing the ctrl+shift+esc keys) and do the following:
Windows 8 or 10:
- Click the “CPU”, “Memory”, and “Disk” tabs and find the programs that are taking up the most resources
- When you find the program you want to end, right click it and hit “End Task”
- Click the “Processes” tab
- Click the “Memory” tab and find the programs that are taking up the most resources
- Right click the program and hit “End Process”
6. Uninstall Programs
Even if it’s a web app you stopped using, or software for your smartphone that has become obsolete, I guarantee there’s undesirable programs taking up storage on your hard drive. Along with taking up valuable storage on your disk, they’ll also hinder the performance your PC.
Fortunately, they are not all that difficult to remove.
Windows 8 and 10:
- Open the Start menu
- Click “Settings”
- Hit “System”
- Choose “Apps & features” on the left
- Click the app undesired program and hit “Uninstall”
- Open the start menu and hit “Computer”
- At the top pane click “Uninstall or change a program”
- Right click on the unwanted program and choose “Uninstall”
Automatically complete all these steps with one essential software
If you don’t want to get through hours of laborious work searching for extra duplicates, emptying your recycling bin of junk files, or even clearing your programs and installations of useless software, then I have the perfect solution.
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Follow these tips to improve your computer’s overall speed and say goodbye to it’s sluggish, time consuming old habits.