Nothing is more annoying than a PC that is slow. Below, 5
tips to clean up your slow pc and speed things up. Good luck!
1. Software clearing and cleaning
Find out which programs you never or almost never use. Often you leave
that software installed, but it is better to clean it up when you don't use it.
To uninstall these programs go to (Settings) -> Control Panel -> Software and uninstall it. Verify if there are remainings under Program Files and delete them if necessary. You can also seek the assistance for this job of Revo Uninstaller
(freeware version), Absolute Uninstaller
or Comodo Programs Manager
. The last one can do much more for your computer.
2. Scan for viruses and other malware
Its obviously you have a virus scanner installed, but it is also up to date? If you do not have a virus scanner find a free one free virusscanner
install it and make sure its up-to-date. However never install two viruscanners on your PC, then you're asking for trouble. If you
doubt you can still do an extra scan with a free online-scanner free online virusscanner
and preferable a other one then the one you have installed.
3. Windows update and necessary updates from other software
Go to Microsoft Update website
and check if there are updates Windows, and eventualy for Office, and install them. Repeat until there are no more updates.
Use the Secunia website
to check if there are any necessary updates to other programs you have installed. You can use the Personal Software Inspector
that gives you an overview of what else should be done. Install all recommended updates.
4. Cleaner and regcleaner
Now that your PC is completely up to date and free of unnecessary software and viruses, it is important to clean up. Choose one of the cleaners
and clean things up. Using some of these programs you can also uninstall software. Optionally, you can repeat this using another cleaner. Now it's time to clean up the registry and defragment it. Before you do this its preferred to make a backup of the registry with eg ERUNT
. Cleaning can be done with one of the registry cleaners
, or a cleaner that is an registry option.
Repeating with another registry cleaner is optional. Restart between sessions. Finally, you can use NTRegOpt
or Auslogics Registry Defrag
to clean up the last bits of free space from the registry.
5. Defragment your hard disk
At the end defragment the hard disk so that it can read and write faster. Choose a disk defragment program
and let it do its work. This may also be repeated. After this last operation, your PC is clean and safe again and if got faster it was definitely worth it. If not, then there is probably not much speed to gain, but your PC is now completely up-to-date.