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10 free ways to speed up your pc


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10 free ways to speed up your pc

  1. 1. 10 Free Ways to Speed Up Your PC • by, on Mon May 16, 2011 9:43am PDT • 333 Comments • Post a Comment • Read More from This Author » • Report Abuse • • retweet • Email • PrintBy GalTime Nerd Chick Andrea EldridgeDoes it feel like you can make a pot of coffee and clean the kitchen all in the time it takesfor your computer system to boot up? Do you find yourself daydreaming of dropping itoff the top of your office building while you’re waiting for web pages to load? If itseems like your computer is running slower every day, here are some things to do to getyour “old reliable” running in tip-top shape. Of course, budget-savvy Nerd Chicks arealways looking for ways to save some dough, so we’ve made sure they are all free.1. Get Rid of the Nasties Viruses and spyware don’t always break your computer, but they do always slow itdown. They’re more common than you may think, and can hang out in your system,
  2. 2. gumming up the works, without you even knowing it. Microsoft Security Essentials is agreat, easy, all-in-one solution to keep your computer healthy and running in top form.Download it here.2. Update Your OSWindows issues updates all the time. These can patch holes in the software, closingvulnerabilities that viruses and spyware exploit, and generally make Windows run better.If you’re running Windows XP, right click on the My Computer icon on the desktop,select Properties and click on the Automatic Updates tab. Make sure you set them todownload and install automatically.Related: Smishing: The Latest Identity Theft Threat3. Purge “Bloatware" Still have that Norton Trial software installed from when you bought your machine threeyears ago? Get rid of it! Every time it pops up a window “reminding” you to buy it, I’mguessing a little voice in your head mutters unpleasant things. It’s also slowing downyour system as the antiquated software runs in the background. Search for “NortonRemoval Tool” (or “McAfee Removal Tool”) to make sure that you get the software fullyuninstalled.4. Speed Your Startup MSConfig is a tool built in to most versions of Windows. Even novice computer surferscan use this tool to stop programs from starting automatically every time you boot up.While certain things are necessary for Windows to function, if your system is trying toturn on iTunes, your printer, and Adobe every time it boots up, the poor thing’s got a lotof things to get going before it can launch your Sudoku. Click the "Start" button. If youhave a search option, type “msconfig” into the search field. If you don’t have a searchoption, but have a “Run” button on the startup menu, click that instead. When you dothis, a window will appear on screen with the word "Run:" next to a blank text field.Type "msconfig" in the blank text field and press "Enter". Click the "Startup" tab at thetop of the menu. Uncheck the boxes next to programs that you dont need during startup– but only programs you recognize! Click the "Apply" button, then select "OK", andrestart your computer. I can almost hear your computer sighing in relief from here.5. Defrag Your Hard DriveEvery time you save a file, or update software, your hard drive stores each new thing inchronological order. This means that when you launch Word, your system has to searchall over your hard drive to find all the pieces that have been stored over the months, oryears. Defragging simply means that your hard drive will take all the “like” things andput them together, allowing programs to launch and work faster. Windows 7 comesconfigured to defrag automatically, however Windows XP users will need to start the
  3. 3. process manually. From the Start menu, right-click the “My Computer” option. Select“Manage” and choose disk defragmenter under the Storage section. Keep in mind that theprocess can take several hours, so set it to run at night. Also, remember to disable yoursystem’s hibernate mode & screen saver before starting. When the process is complete,restart your PC.Related: Which Kinds of Posts are Most Popular on Facebook6. Repair the RegistryYour system’s registry is like your hard drive’s table of contents. If there are incorrectentries, it can take your drive longer to find all the pieces of data it needs to launch andrun programs. Glary Utilities is a great free application that you can install to quicklyand easily fix registry errors and optimize your system’s performance. Download thefree version here.7. Clear Out the CookiesEvery time you visit a website, it stores little pieces of itself, or programs, on yoursystem. The idea is that the next time you visit the site it will load that content faster.The problem is that it’s rare that we return to the same sites and see the same things overand over again. Instead, the process of digging through several MBs of temporaryinternet files will lead all websites to load more slowly. Clear out your cache withCCleaner , a top rated free software program for cleaning out temporary files and makingyour system run at its best. One tip: use the cookies tab to select cookies you want tokeep from sites you visit often and/or want to continue to login to automatically (likeyour email, or your bank).8. Clean it, No Really! Your computer has a fan in it that draws in air to cool the CPU and components. If thisfan or vent becomes clogged with dust, pet hair, or other nasties, your system canoverheat, causing it to run more sluggishly and eventually break. Grab a can of air andtake your PC outside for a field trip. Don’t just blow into the intake vent: open the case,don’t blow air too closely at the components, and blow dust away from the case.Related: Best Online Movie and TV Sites9. Ditch Internet ExplorerThere are many alternative browsers you can use to access the Internet. Most techiesagree that Google’s Chrome is the fastest option that doesn’t compromise compatibility.10. If all else fails…
  4. 4. A surefire way to ensure that your system is running as close to good-as-new as you canhope to get is to back up your data, format your hard drive, and reinstall Windows. Keepin mind that you will need to reinstall all of your software, including office. Don’t forgetto install your anti-virus and anti-spyware before surfing the net!Getting on a regular maintenance schedule will save you, and your trusty computer, muchpain and suffering. Especially if these tips keep you from drop kicking your PC off theroof! If you’re struggling with any of these steps, or want more info, check out mywebsite, your number one computer complaint or trick/tip?More From • Reducing Negativity in the Workplace • Beware the Smart Phone Squint • Go Bold With Color Blocking • He Said/She Said: Decoding the Text Message • How to Save with Coupons Without Going to the ExtremeFollow GalTime on FacebookRelated: speed up your computer, pc, free ways to speed up your computer, defrag,cookies, computer, clean your computer, cache