Is your computer running sluggish? We have all dealt with this scenario. You get a brand new computer, pile all your necessary programs on it and get ready to enjoy faster speed, improved graphics and all-around better PC performance. But with all that software running at once, your computer still slogs through utilities. What was the point of getting a new one? You should be asking yourself “How can improve my computer speed?”
Antivirus software is supposed to make you feel comfortable and safe, and it does, but it also slows down your computer significantly, as much as 10 or 15%. To combat this, you need to shut off automatic updating and scans. Also, use the lightest antivirus program possible. Some versions of Norton or McAfee can be bulky and oppressive. Try lighter versions or even free antivirus like AVG.
For anyone that uses Flash or opens PDF files (which means everyone), you have to deal with Adobe software. Although Adobe usually operates smoothly, it is notorious for the constant updating and installation needed. When you install ANY Adobe program, always shut off automatic updating and installation options. Just be sure to check for these updates on occasion.
Although messenger services are a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, they are terrible at bogging down your computer. When they install, the default automatically opens them during start up, slowing down your computer right from the start. AOL Messenger was terrible at this, and Yahoo Messenger is also guilty. If you want to use messaging software, be sure to remove it from your start up list.
Spyware is the scourge of the decade when it comes to your computer. These nasty little bugs install themselves into your computer and annoy you with pop-ups, browser redirection and ads. All of this destroys PC performance. It is enough to annoy you but not enough to make elimination a priority. A good spyware killer is an essential program today.
Like you, I have more than one program I use for my media files. I have iTunes, Winamp, Windows Media Player and Nero Media. These can slow down a computer, especially if I have music playing in the background while I’m working. Shut off the optional settings like visualization or updating to streamline this software.
Virtual Drive Software
I use Daemon Tools several times a week. This software allows you create virtual drives so you can install games or applications with ease. A useful tool but unfortunately also bulky at times. Whatever virtual drive software you use, be sure it does not automatically start with your computer. You can shut this off from the program’s options or use the Msconfig menu.
The primary software can also make your computer sluggish. If you have a computer that is a few years old, it probably has Windows Vista installed, which was notorious for slowing PC performance. You might be tempted to install Windows 7, but that can lead to similar problems. If you are only using the aging PC for office utilities and web browsing, then consider Windows XP. It’s light, effective and still one of the best OS ever made.
If you have a computer with substantial memory, then you might be tempted to forget about software rather than uninstalling it. After all, it takes one minute and you’ve got better things to do. Reconsider that idea. All that extra software makes virtually every operation on your computer take that much longer. Searching for files, indexing, organizing…all of these are affected by having an overstuffed memory. Take a couple minutes every week to clear up the clutter to enhance PC performance.
The majority of computer users have no idea what software can do to slow down your computer. Even innocent programs take up a percentage of your RAM, frustrating even the most patient users. Users often blame the computer for being too old or of poor quality, but much of the time the software, not the hardware, is to blame. Be sure to run regular spyware and antivirus programs, always shut off automatic updating on any computer and also alter the start up programs.