One of the most frustrating things in life is a slow computer.
Every few years, we buy an expensive new PC and love how fast it starts up, runs programs, and loads websites. Inevitably though, it starts to slow down until eventually we are pulling our hair out waiting for it to do routine tasks.
Why is this? It turns out the answer is actually fairly simple and you do not even need to be “Technical” to understand the causes and solutions.
The good news: It is not the computer hardware that is the problem. In most cases, the hardware you have is absolutely capable of being restored to its original glory and kept in fast running condition with minimal effort.
Rather, the problem lies with changes that occur to the PC’s software. The two mainly common causes of slowdown (along with easy solutions) are:
The most common problem: registery errors
Every time you (or your kids) load a game, program or file, your PC’s software registery is updated with new commands needed to operate that item. However, when the item is removed, these commands usually remain on your PC. Every time you run your computer it tries to execute these instructions but, because the related program cannot be found, it causes a registry error. Your PC is doing a lot more work than it should be and the result is a significantly slower computer.
One of the most excellent ways to manage this is with a neat little tool from a Seattle based company called the Advanced Registry Optimizer 2010 (ARO). This program scans, identifies, and fixes registry errors–resulting in a computer that’s a lot more like it was when you first bought it. On top of the amazing results it offers, it’s so easy to install and use that it was recently awarded a coveted 4.5 star rating (out of 5) by CNET’s editorial staff.
Spyware and Viruses
Spyware and viruses are software programs that are loaded on your computer without your information or permission. They have a variety of purposes, including:
- Changing the default search engine in your browser
- Tracking your web surfing habits and showing you targeted advertising
- Using your email program to send out spam to other email addresses
- Stealing your personal information
Most spyware and viruses get onto our computers through files that we download from the internet or as attachments to emails. They have a propensity to take up many computing power and consequently will significantly slow down the computer.
The simple rule of thumb to pursue is to by no means download any free software programs from companies you do not know and faith, particularly screensavers, emoticons and the like. In addition, you should never open any attachment to an email unless you are 100% certain you know and trust the sender. In addition, make sure you have a good anti-virus / spyware removal software running at all times.
Follow the above advice and your PC should stay fast and safe.