Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Slow PC?

I worked on another computer tonight that was bogged down and super slow. If you have this problems there are a few straightforward things you can do:

  • See if any programs can be removed from the Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel. Especially remove the toolbars and other suspicious programs. Sometimes McAfee and Norton products put an excessive strain on a system and should be removed.
  • Install all of the latest Microsoft patches.
  • If you removed McAfee or Norton earlier you can install AVG now.
  • Scan for viruses and spyware.
  • Adjust the startup environment so that very few programs launch at bootup.
  • Check for plenty of free disk space.
  • Check for adequate amount of RAM. Adding more can never hurt.
  • Check to see if disk needs to be defragmented.
  • Remove temporary internet files from Internet Explorer.
  • Also clean out the inside of the pc to remove dust. That can cause overheating which will slow it down and cause it to fail prematurely.

That's a few things that should get you back on the right road to faster computing.

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