Computer Running Really Slow ?
Don't Call in the Experts just yet....
About 3 weeks ago my computer started to lock up,freeze, take forever to load a page and generally mis-behave. After, I tried shouting at it and bashing it against the wall, I started to look at other ways to stop my computer running really slow.
A few people reccommended getting a computer guy out to take a look which would cost between $50 and $100. I decided to do this as a last resort, but first I wanted to try tackling the problem myself. So I started googling and craftily asking our IT guy at work a few questions. Guess what, no longer is my computer running really slow. I solved it myself for which I am quite proud of myself and I used the $50 to $100 to go and buy myself a new pair of jeans and shoes. Just don't tell my husband that the total of these purchases were $120! Sssshhhh!
I thought I would create a lens on what I did incase anyone else has the extremely annoying problem of their computer running really slow......................
Go through your photos, videos and any files that you have on your PC and clear out as much as you can. You will be surprised how much space this will create - mine created 7GB!
I know that you will have photos on there that you don't want to get rid of and you don't want to have to pay for them to be processed. I downloaded all my photos onto disks which I labelled and filed so that I can keep adding to them.
Verbatim discs -120 minute discs
Record your home movies onto Verbatim discs. These will record up to 2 hours of quality home movies.
Sony Rewriteable Discs
Create, edit and record your home movies with these rewriteable discs. The fact that they are Sony discs is enough to tell you that the discs are excellent quality.
Burn all Your Movies onto Disc
Create Movies with Sony
Sony will give you an excellent finished dvd. It will give you transitions, titles, special effects and add music to your dvds. You can rotate, zoom to create amazing slideshows. Create multiple buttons, links and menus. Great for weddings and anniversaries. Also great for business presentations with a professional finish.
Cyberlink Movie Maker - Make it Easy on Yourself - Ultra 8
This will be great for users on all levels. Easy-to-use but will create pro results. It will upgrade SD videos to quality like HD. Fix video problems. Share your videos on facebook and YouTube, burn to discs and put to mobile devices.
Read Up on Creating Your Own Dvds
This helps with every aspect of creating your own Dvds right from choosing your camera. It teaches you everything you need to know plus lots of other tricks, tips and information.
The D, D's
Next you will need to defragment your hard drive. This is a key factor to stopping your computer running really slow. Defragmenting tidies up all the little pieces that are left behind every time you, modify or move files around your PC. It makes them all compact and moves them all to exactly where they should be. To defragment my PC I went into the start up menu, accessories, system tools and defragment was in there. Mine had to run overnight, so don't be alarmed by this. I would advise that you set it going at a time when you don't need to get onto the computer.
The other D is for Disk Clean Up. You will find this in the same place as your deframenting option. If you select it then it will go on to show you how much free space you can create by doing a disk clean up. This will delete things like temporary files etc. Be sure to uncheck anything that you do not want to delete.
Defragment Your Computer
Store Your Photos and Movie Clips......
Get rid of all your old internet history. When you visit a website your PC stores the address for you so that when you start to type it in your PC will find the address for you. This goes for forms and passwords etc. These hold up space on your hard drive so it is good practice to get into the habit of deleting them. This is done easily in Internet Options.
This is found by clicking on your start menu and then control panel. In here you will see the Internet Options icon, double click. In here you can clear you previous browser history and free up even more space.
Norton Internet Security
Protects your PC without slowing it down. Stops viruses, bots, spyware and identity theft. Norton will let you know if any of the web sites that you want to visit are harmful to your PC or dodgy sellers.
After deleting files dont forget to empty the Recycle Bin to totally free up the space
Registry Cleaner Programs
Register Cleaner Programs was something that I had never even heard of before, but it was another thing that added to solving the problem of my computer running very slow. The registry size keeps growing when you use Windows. When the registry becomes very large, your computer's performance will be decayed and unstable.
It is vital to choose one of the Registry Cleaner Programs wisely as some of the programs can actually delete files needed to run your PC, which in turn creates other problems. I have included details of the one I used here. You can do a free scan to see how many files that you have that can be deleted. Mine came back with over 600! No wonder I had the problem of my computer running very slow.
Check It Registry Cleaner
Any hidden problems will be found and fixed. Boosts PC performance and speed. If you accidentally get rid of something that you need you can undo the changes.
What is Adware ?
How do You Get Spyware ?
Be Aware of Spyware Alerts !
If you get a message up telling you that your PC has multiple problems or something similar - DON'T CLICK !
Rid Your PC of Spyware, Worms and Viruses
Want to give in and get a new Laptop?
Apple Macbook Pro Laptop - Would you switch from Windows to Mac ?....
This Apple Macook Pro comes with excellent reviews that include :
There is nothing to do; Mac is the best, easiest and more attractive computer around - from Hector at Angleton
I purchased my macbook pro in March 2010 and have been glued to it ever since! - Tara from Las Vegas
This comes with simply too many features to list, but you will find them all and heaps of excellent reviews when you click on this product :)
ASUS UL30Vt-A1 Laptop in Silver
12 hours of battery ! That's 12 hours with no power cords to trail around with your laptop. Slim and Stylish. Comes with excellent customer reviews.
Have You Got A Bug ?
Have you got a virus? This can cause you PC to run extremely slow and to keep shutting down. I ran an Anti Virus scan on mine and was lucky I didn't have one.
It prompted me though to get a decent Anti Virus and Spyware program installed on my system to block any viruses attacking my system in the future. I don't want to give them a chance to infect my computer.
So Do You know how Computers work yet ?
This has sold more than than 2 million copies during its lifetime. How Computers Work is an excellent illustrated guide into the world of technology and PCs.
Still Not Fixed ?
Upgrading & Fixing PCs for Dummies Third Edition will show you what you definitely need to know and more.
Keep A Record
With each thing you do keep a record of how it has improved your system or what free space it has created. Then at the end you will be able to give yourself a good 'Pat on the Back.'
Look After Your Computer
Repeat all this at least once a month. I do mine fort-nightly as I am always on my PC downloading and creating lots of things to clog the system!
If your PC gets overheated this is when it will start to crash or just generally misbehave. This will keep it nice and cool.
Treat Yourself to a new Desk - Techni Mobili Mobile Computer Desk - Graphite
Upright legs and frames will store your Cds and media. Includes an accessory shelf at the bottom, keyboard shelf that pulls out, printer shelf at the top, CPU shelf and storage for media. Comes ready to assemble and with a 5 year warranty.
Do You Squidoo ?
Build Lenses, Meet Friends, Have Fun and Earn Money !
Squidoo is my favourite place on the web. It's easy to make friends and it's just a lovely community of talented folk here willing to help newbies. The modules that you are given to work with make lensmaking easy and fun. So go have fun and Click here to Make Your Lens today
Is Your Computer Running OK?
Does it run slow or maybe it keeps shutting itself down ? Or maybe you are a computer genius and know exactly what to do to fix it ?
If you want to just leave a comment about this lens, this is also the place that you can do that, thanks for your visit :)