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How to Easily Speed Up a Computer

Updated on August 29, 2011

In time, computers slow down to a crawl because of what you download, install and modify when using your computer. A slow computer becomes frustrating but there are many easy ways to speed up a computer using simple tricks that even you can do.

Update your PC

First thing's first, update your computer drivers and software to their latest versions through the built in updater with each program and operating system or visit the main software company's website to access the updates you need for download.

An updated computer will run fast and will help you avoid hackers and others with malicious intent that use outdated software to gain access to your computer to infect it with malware, spyware and viruses.

Remove Spyware and Malware

Get rid of programs that are considered spyware and malware which slow down your computer by taking up essential resources to run.

Use a program like Norton AntiVirus or Microsoft Security Essentials (after updating) to scan and remove any malicious files you may have on your computer.

Once the bad files are off your computer, you should see an increase in speed while also securing your computer from future attacks.

Always keep your PC clean by running regular scans of your computer; you can even automate the process by setting a schedule for your computers to run over night so it doesn't get in the way throughout the day.

Increase the Memory

The best option (although it requires additional tech knowledge) is to increase your computer memory by installing more RAM.

RAM is computer memory and is every inexpensive these days but does require you to know which type of ram you need and how to install it into your computer motherboard.

However, once you have new memory in your computer, you will see the greatest increase in computer speed and will get rid of all those slow downs from this point forward - not bad or a small investment.

Final Suggestions

The best advice I could give you, in keeping your computer fast, is to always make sure that it's clean and up-to-date with the most recent software patches and updates.

Try not to download everything you see because things like web toolbars and effects will greatly slow your computer as they add up over time.

Regularly go back through your files and downloads to remove anything you don't need from your computer.

Educate yourself with a few techniques to speed up your computer and you will easily extend the life of your computer for years to come. All-in-all, set aside a bit of money to purchase a new computer in time because once it's completely outdated, you can't do too much to increase the speed.

What other speed tips would you share for computer users?

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    • cwarden profile image

      cwarden 6 years ago from USA

      These are some great tips. I know I am always cleaning out my computer to keep it working well. Voted up!

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Microsoft sends out updates weekly, which might not be frequently enough these days. ;)

      I always accept the critical updates for Windows but not for Fedora.

    • myi4u profile image

      myi4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice tips! However, I just thought with Windows, the updates are endless.

    • shea duane profile image

      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      i've learned most of this the hard way.