Here are some tips to speed up a slow PC.
#1: Remove Start-up Programs
This can be a life-saver on an older machine that has a lot of programs installed, and doesn’t have a lot of RAM (or memory).
First, go to ‘Start’ and click ‘Run’. Then, type ‘msconfig’ in the box and hit the Enter key (Vista/7 users, just type ‘msconfig’ into the search bar in the Start Menu). Navigate to the ‘Startup’ tab.
Every application in that list that has a check mark next to it is set to be started with Windows starts. The idea behind this is that when you go to run Quicktime, for example, it will start slightly faster as it’s already sort of “pre-fetched” for you. Good idea on paper but in practice, it can really slow down a PC over time. The main rule to keep in mind here is: if you don’t know what it is, don’t remove it. Beyond that (and of course, leave your anti-virus in there) you can really go to town with this. I usually keep mine pretty clear, but since I’ve got a newer machine with 8gb of RAM, I’m not as strict about it.
#2: Run CCleaner
CCleaner is a great, free application that basically cleans all the old junk from your PC (temp files, cookies, recycle bin, etc.). I ran it for a client the other day who had a 20gb hard drive that was about 200mb from being completely full. CCleaner removed 7gb of old junk!
The one thing to keep in mind is what browser data it’s going to delete. Go to the Internet Explorer (or Mozilla for Firefox users) and customize that section a bit. Uncheck them all except ‘Temporary Internet Files’. That will remove larger files like cached images, but will leave your pre-filled passwords, cookies, recently typed URLs, etc. I find it annoying when those get cleared out.
#3: Run MalwareBytes – Anti-malware
Whether you have the dreaded “Windows Police Pro” malware (or sometimes called “Randsomware”), or you just want to clean out any spyware lurking on your PC, Malwarebytes does an excellent job. Operation is pretty straightforward. Just run the application, select ‘Perform a QuickScan’, let it do it’s thing, and when the results come back push the ‘Remove Selected’ button and that’s it!