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10 ways to make your computer run faster and last longer!

Updated on May 14, 2013

10 ways to make your computer run faster and last longer!!


Wikipedia says that people born before 1980 are not as computer savvy as those born after 1980. Well, I was born in '78 and so I have something to prove! Just kidding, my husband is a wiz with computers, and I have learned some things by watching him. So I have something to offer! Help. For all of you non-techno savvy people. If people did the following things to their computers often, then their computers would last longer. I have had the same laptop for six years and never had a virus! That's without Virus Protection Software, which, itself, can make your computer ridiculously slow!

  1. Delete any unknown or unused programs. At the start menu, you can choose [control panel], or just do a search for it. Under [Control Panel], choose [Programs], then choose [Uninstall a Program]. Review all the programs that you have installed and if you find that you don't need some, delete them. They are just taking up space and may be from a shady manufacturer. If you don't know if you need the program, then just “Google” it! To find out the name of the program manufacturer, right click the program and look for the manufacture name under properties. Then find them on the internet. Online, you can usually find out information on the specific software. For example, if your computer needs the particular program to run properly, or if it is malware/spyware, or if it is simply unnecessary. If you are not sure what the name was of the unwanted program look at the installation date and this might help you find it.

  2. Delete your cookies. Go to your start menu and type in the word “cookies”. Then delete everything in you cookies file. These are just files that are put there by the websites you visit. They are not important, in my opinion, and are also a record of what you or anyone using the computer have been looking at online.

  3. Decide what starts up whenever you start you computer. Go to your start menu and type in “msconfig” or run the program “msconfig” (without the quotes). In the General tab make sure that “Selective Start-up” is selected. Then go to the Startup tab. Here you can decide what starts up whenever you start your computer. You want to keep anything made by Microsoft, for example, as your CPU's system may need this file to run correctly. If you are not sure which programs are needed and which ones are needless, then just look them up online. Look up the name of the program and the company manufacturer on the internet if possible.

  4. Delete your browsing history. Go to your internet browser's internet options and look for [History]. There should be an option to clear or delete it all.

  5. Clear download history. In your internet browser's options, there should be an option for clearing you download history. It depends on if your internet browser is Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.

  6. Empty the cache This option is also found in your browser's options.

  7. Clean your computer's fan with dust remover. Dust is like putting a sweater on your electronics – not good!! and don't put your computer inside a cabinet or anything like that because you are just creating an oven in which your computer recycles the same air and gets it hotter every time. Anyone for some “Baked CPU?” mmmmm

  8. Download “autoruns” This program helps you see what programs are running and easily turn off the unnecessary ones. Here's the link. Remember to make sure nothing else is downloading with the program that you want. While downloading, the program should ask you if you want an [express] or [recommended] installation or [custom] installation. You can choose a [custom] installation, so that you can decide what gets downloaded.

  9. Download programs from reputable sites. If you want to download software try to download them from download.com always choose “Custom download” and make sure of exactly what you are downloading. Sometimes, programs that you are downloading might want to download additional programs, such as, a tool bar or assign a default search engine. So you should choose if you want this/these other program(s), which you might suspect and will just take up additional space and make your CPU run slower. This “new” software might even have malware/spyware attached to it. If you download a program by accident, just delete it (See # 1 of this article). Also, try not to click on ads that are from questionable companies, this might also install malware on your computer.

  10. Replace your old parts as needed. You can order internal fans or cords online as they tend to go bad before all other parts. A new fan is pretty easy to replace and you can find instructions online.

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Great list here of ways to make your computer run faster and last longer. Lately, our computer has been running more slow that it usually runs. I will have to give some of these a try!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you for the comment DIYmommy, I hope you can try all the tips because they really help!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks for sharing these tips, Insightful Tiger. I have a slow MAC computer so I know that there are at least a couple of things I can do to speed it up. Voted up!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      I'm glad the tips will help you! Thank you for your nice comment:)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Lots of good information. I do have to clean the inside of my computer. My cat lays his fat body right up against the computer and I know it is full of cat hair. Voted up and shared.

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I'm bookmarking this for future reference. Thanks for the useful information.

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      Cynthia 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      clearly stated and like Mommy above, I plan to bookmark this for future application! Thank you-- I'm spreading the word on the Social Network and giving you a thumb's-up!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      hey,

      thanks for this hub

      lately my own computer has not been up to par and has been running extremely slow

      and even shutting off for no apart reason at all, i do believe I should have it looked at

      thanks again for the hub and for the information contained inside

      Voted up

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      This tips are very useful. I have bookmarked this page, because it will come handy soon. Great information.

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Great information inside this hub. I definitely need to get someone to look at my comp and make a few adjustments so it can last longer. Sharing and voting up.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Good advice, I hate how when installing updates for java and other useful applications they try to sneak in something like McAffee or the Ask toolbar.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you moonlake for reading, voting ans sharing! I definitely recommend vacuuming your computer to get any cat hair then using the compressed air on it to get any dust off. My husband makes a night out of cleaning his desktop but he's a gamer so...

      Thank you, Mommy Needs a Nap and you're very welcome! I hope it can be useful for you.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you so much techygran for reading, voting up, and sharing! I'm so glad that you like the hub. Have a great day!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi torrilynn, thank you for stopping by and I hear you about computer problems. One of our laptops recently suffered a fatal blow by my 2 year old, haha. Has your computer been heating up? check out this link -[http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Computer-Overheating-Ca...]; it may apply. Often heating and shutting off problems can be attributed to a blocked heat sink. If it isn't getting hot and the biggest problem is a slowing down, then try my tips above (#1-6 and 8); you should see a big improvement. If all else fails take it to a tech and call me in the morning, haha.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi bizwin, thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you found the hub useful!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi shin_rock04, I'm sorry to hear about your computer problems. What's happening with it? I hope this information helps and thanks for reading, voting up and sharing!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi Sherry, yes I hate that too! They try to sneak it by you and then your computer slows down or starts acting up. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      Good stuff. Thank you.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Have a great day!

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      Jacob Thomas 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I am using cclener to clean cookies & temp files, but pc runs very slow ..

      superb advice & tips .. I really appreciated

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hello mdcp, thank you for your very nice comment and i'm glad you liked the hub! I hope you can try all the tips, they really help. Can you access your cookies folder without ccleaner? I've never used that program, what do you think of it?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I do most of what you have advised, but how do you clean the fan?

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi Aviannovice,

      you must take the fan out to clean it properly. You have to unscrew it and then take an old toothbrush to it or some other type of brush. If it is not too dirty then you can just use compressed air to blow any dust off. Hope that helps!

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      Onlinestrategies 4 years ago

      There are kind of malware which could affect your system performance adversely. I have seen many frustrated clients who happened to download software that modifies their web browser setup. The only way to get rid of some of these malware is formatting the drive and reinstalling every thing again.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hello Online Strategies,

      unfortunately, you are right. Some well made malware is too hard to find in the directory or even when using "Autoruns". Then, the only solution is to start all over again. Hopefully your personal files are baked up somewhere else.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are all great tips and advice to help keep your computer running faster and better.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi Kashmir! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you can use any of these tips. It's always nice to get a visit from you, brother.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice insight to take care of computers. You are quite that the free software even from reputable sites comes with additional attachments and spyware, which is a huge problem. Otherwise, all the rest of your suggestions are great.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hello pinto2011, yes you have to be careful no matter where you download a program from. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great day brother.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Very helpful information. My nephew who is my computer guru generally takes care of all of my computer needs via logmein but if I can avoid having to ask so many questions I will.

      Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you so much sis, for the nice comment and sending the angels this way :) I hope my hub helps you out! Have a great day!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have a CCleaner and works wonders your points are just as helpful thanks

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi sister DDE, thank you for stopping by and leaving a nice comment! I'm glad you found the point helpful :)

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      shofarcall 4 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you IT,

      I cannot tell you what a help and revelation this hub has been to me. I am definitely one of those born before 1980 and the assessment is true for me!!! The overheating advice really makes sense to me and has made me realise how I have been adding to the problem. And I have gone and deleted the cookies etc. Great help. voted up useful and interesting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will come back and work on this one day, thank you! ^

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      Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

      Hello shofarcall and Jackie, I'm glad that you will be working on your computers. Glad to be of service, sisters :)

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      Amanda Littlejohn 3 years ago

      That's all excellent advice!

      I keep mine running smoothly by really only using it as a glorified typewriter and for email. I also have pretty powerful anti-virus software which runs in real-time.

      I think I'll look into these other ideas now that I know about them. Thanks for the tips!

      Bless you :)

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      Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

      Thank you for your comment, sis :) I'm glad that your anti-virus software works well for you :) God bless you too :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      what does autoruns do? I am worried of those third party softwares

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      It's a program that helps you see what programs are running and easily turn off the unnecessary ones. You can also see what programs and processes are running in the background by pressing ctrl+alt+delete keys on your keyboard all at once and using the task manager to see what is running. However, it may be a little more difficult using the task manager to decipher which ones are necessary and which ones are not. The program Autoruns makes it easier to see which one are not needed. Afterwards, you can remove the program using step number 1 in my hub. Hope that helps and let me know if you have anymore questions!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Oh the generation that thinks it was the first! LOL I was born in 1957 and I already knew abou these little tweeks far before Wikipedia was even born. Cleaning the cache is the best one and the easiet to perform for a faster internet and computer.

      Thank for the hub.

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      Lady Guinevere :) I'm glad to see that you know your way around a computer. I'm always impressed by people who do. I myself didn't even get around one until I was 20 years old. I was definitely late. Good thing for me, I married an IT guy :)

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      My first husband was an IT guy and we had computers in the 1980s I accidentally deleted stuff of the computer and was shown how to bring it back before it was totally gone. I learned from then on. That was on a 286 DOS computer system. Now they are pentiums which is way, way faster that a 286. I ran a Bulletin Board in the late 80's and the graphics were in ASCII. Now they are cup and paste or copy and paste. That was years before Microsoft was ever even thought of.

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      Nice! where there's a will there is usually a way :D You are a cool lady, no pun intended!

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Good tips. More people should do these, especially deciding what starts up when you turn the computer on.

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      Thanks Dale! I agree, especially cause it's easy and fast. Anyone can do it.

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      radharenu 22 months ago from India

      Great tips for speeding up an old laptop. Bookmarked this hub for future reference!

      You can check this link also - http://www.the-tech-addict.com/how-to-make-compute...

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