Is your PC under the Weather?
Here are some quick tips to help your PC get back in shape.
1.Defrag your Hardrive
NOTE: This only applies to HDD Drives and not SSD Drives.
As you install and uninstall programs the data is stored on the Hardrive as packets of information, overtime the information is stored randomly all over the disk causing windows to slow down when its attempts to read from your hard drive. However windows has a built in defragmenter to help reorganize the files in the sectors of the hard drive to help alleviate the slowdown.
In Windows 7
Start button >Select All Programs > Accessories >Choose System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.
In Windows 8
Windows + Q or Press the Windows Key > Search “Defragment”> Select Defragment and Optimize Hard Drives
In Windows 10
Start Menu>All Apps> Windows Administrative Tools>Defrag & Optimize Drives
Leaving your Temp Folder to build up can also slow you’re your PC as the file count in that specific folder increases. To assist with Tip no.1 Windows has a built in clean up tool, it isn’t as robust and in-depth as using a program called CCleaner.
CCleaner – https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
Just tick what you would like to be cleaned and let CCleaner do its job, depending on how much jump you have on your PC,it can take a few seconds to a few minutes.
WARNING: PLEASE YOU THE TOOL WITH CAUTION AS IT CAN BE YOUR SAVIOUR OR YOUR DEMISE. Remember to create a System Checkpoint in-case.
Do you browse websites that you aren’t suppose too? Then more than likely you have a virus on your PC but have no fair! Thankfully there are anti-malware programs that can help eradicate this annoying issue.
One particular program I always highly recommend for pesky viruses is a program called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It is free to use for scanning and removing, however if you want more features like real time protection, you would have to pay.
Malwarebytes – https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/
To start a Scan either Click Scan Now as shown in the pic or go to Scan> Threat Scan.
Is your Computer Specifications up to date?
The recommend RAM to have nowadays is at least 4gb for standard use, anything below that is asking for trouble.
Your hard drive can show signs that it is dying:
- Files getting corrupted easily.
- Serve Slowdown
- Slow Startup Times
- Frequent Blue Screen of Death
Luckily HDD Drives are extremely cheap nowadays.
Keep in mind those signs listed above can mean something else.
Hopefully these tips help to speed up your PC a bit and help bring it back to standard once again.