When using your computer, there may be a time when you notice that it is starting to run slowly, and this can be an annoying and frustrating occurrence. When noticing this lag on your computer you may begin to worry that you are going to have to pay for a costly repair, however, what you may not know is that in the majority of cases you will be able to fix the problem yourself.
- Dump Those Unnecessary Files
The slowing down of your computer may actually be because there are too many files that are no longer needed but have been stored on the hard drive of your computer. These files if left unchecked can take up a huge amount of space on your computers hard drive and this in turn will slow down the processing speed of your computer.
There are certain steps that you can take to eradicate this problem; firstly you can utilize the Disk Cleanup program on your computer. This is a program that will check the hard drive of your computer and tell you how many files there are and how much room they are taking up. This will then give you the chance to delete these files, and some of the files which you will be able to do without are “temporary internet files” and “offline web-pages”.
Deleting these files may help to speed up your computer, however, if there is minimal difference then you may need to Defragment your hard drive. Most modern computers that run the latest operating systems normally run a defragment every so often, such as every week or every two weeks for example. If you own an older computer then you will need to do it manually, and this can be found in the Control Panel, under System Tools.
- Keep Your Computer Virus Free
Another area that you need to keep a close eye on is the security of your computer. There are many computer viruses around and if you have a slow running computer then this could be a sign that your computer has been infected by a virus. So it is vitally important to make sure that you have an anti-virus program installed, and that it is up-to-date as there are new computer viruses emerging on an almost daily basis.
Follow these steps and you should find that your computers processing speed improves quite dramatically and most of the time a little maintenance is all you need to keep your computer running smoothly.
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