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How to Fix Slow Computers

Many people use a computer to work these days, perhaps you’re using one right now! Well, you must be if you’re reading this!

Now you may be a victim of a slow computer which can hinder your efficiency when it comes to work or just general home usage. Does it take more than five seconds to open a program? Does it take five or more minutes just to start up your computer and log in? Does opening a simple e-mail take more than a second? If you answer yes to any of those questions, here are some solutions I’ve found to help speed things up:

  • Soluto, an anti-frustration(cute) software that is user friendly, easy, and extremely beneficial to speeding up your computer speed. It finds and recommends programs that you don’t quite need to open anymore and guides you to fixing your problems. Take a look at their video on their site for a better explanation.
  • Spybot to get rid of spyware. Spyware is a type of software that obtains information from your computer without your  knowledge or consent, thus possibly slowing down your computer. It’s a good idea to use the program anyway even if you don’t have a slow computer.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials for a decent virus scanner. Virus = bad. Bad = slow. Get checked, download it.
  • Defrag often.“Defragging” is short for “defragmenting”, and it’s a process you run on a hard drive to help make it faster. It’s something you need to do periodically as files on the hard drive becomes fragmented over time – hence the term “defragmenting”. If you want to read more on what and how to defrag, click this.
  • Reformat. If all else fails, reformatting is always plan Y(plan Z is the next one). You’ll need an operating disk like Windows 7 or XP and the process should be simple. You’ll basically be resetting everything from the beginning. Make sure you back up all the important data before you do so!
  • Purchase a new computer. This is plan Z. If you have a computer that is 10 years old, consider investing in a new computer. It’ll perform better, act faster, and will most likely last you longer than the older models. Technology constantly changes so it’s always a good idea to look into a new computer. Just make sure you do some research before you purchase a computer – sometimes it’s worth the extra money to buy a $700 computer over that $500 one.

 

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Written by lordsinsurancelog

December 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm