If you rely on your computer for work-related activities, you may have experienced drastic slowdowns while performing critical tasks. These slowdowns are not just inconvenient – they can be downright stressful especially if you are chasing a deadline.
Here are three powerful tips that will greatly improve your PC’s speed so you won’t have to suffer from sudden slowdowns in the future:
- De-bulk Your PC’ Storage
If you are using a machine that is 3-5 years old, chances are your computer’s storage system is already filled with thousands of images, videos, documents and other common files.
While your computer’s storage is not yet completely full, it may be approaching the threshold in terms of efficiency.
Older computers gradually become slower and more inefficient over time as more files are added to them. There are only two steps that you need to remember if you want to de-bulk your computer’s storage: delete or transfer.
Manually go through your files (especially the ones in the Desktop folder) and delete files that you know you won’t be using any time soon. Important documents should be placed in separate folders so you they’re not at risk of being accidentally deleted.
Identical files should also be removed. Files that are too big to be kept in your PC can be transferred to an external hard drive or uploaded to a file storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox or Mega, whichever is more convenient to you.
- Uninstall Unused Programs
It’s a fact of life: we freely download and install programs that we need at the moment. However, it’s also another fact of life that many programs outlive their usefulness and they end up occupying precious storage space on your PC.
To add insult to injury, some unused applications even eat away at your RAM (random access memory) because they ‘secretly’ run in the background. Windows users need only to navigate to Control Panel > Uninstall Programs to find these wayward applications.
Uninstall programs that you won’t be using within the next 6 months. Leave only the ones that you use frequently. Don’t feel bad about removing unused applications.
You can probably install them again in the future if the need arises. The last time I uninstalled unnecessary programs I was able to free up more than 1 gigabyte of storage space. Neat!
- Perform a Full Antivirus System Scan
Even if you are extra careful about downloading/copying software and files from the Internet and from other people’s external drives, there will be times when sneaky malware and viruses would still be able to pass through to your machine.
Be sure to have a reliable and recently updated antivirus scanner installed in your PC. Run a full system scan to make sure that there are no unwanted programs such as viruses and spyware eating away at your PC’s limited resources.
Windows comes with Windows Defender pre-installed but it’s a good idea to have another well-recognized antivirus working side-by-side with the default antivirus application. Software like Malwarebytes (MBAM) can also help with persistent “infections” that aren’t completely cleaned out by regular antivirus scanners.