5 Tips to speed up your PC
You bought yourself a cool PC with all those latest specs. It’s barely a few months down the line and it has started to slow down? Well, you have landed on a lucky page. Today I’m going to show you 5 tips that will help to speed up your PC.
Before jumping to the list, I want you to remember the last time your PC ran smoothly. Sometimes, Windows updates and third-party Application installation jigger with your Operating System causing it to lag or slow down.
If you’re wondering if it’s an Application that you installed recently or some recent update that got downloaded in the background – then you might want to look at this Guide on How to restore Windows 10.
Now let’s jump to the list.
1. Find Resource-Hungry Programs
I had this nerve-racking problem on my laptop this summer. And I swear it made me sweat. The laptop would take forever to boot-up. After booting it would take a minute to load even a simple program.
Soon I realized that it is running slow because something is using up the resources. A runaway process was using 99% of my CPU resources. Upon further research I came to conclusion that an application might be experiencing a memory leak and using a large amount of memory, causing your PC to swap to disk. Alternately, an application might be using the disk a lot, causing other applications to slow down when they need to load data from or save it to the disk.
So If your Task Manager looks like something above with the disk usage stuck to 99 %, you might as well look for the program causing it. Upon finding it you can disable the program by right-clicking it – straightaway.
If the problem still persisits you can try following this handy tutorial.
2. Limit how many programs run at startup
Many programs are designed to start automatically when Windows starts. Software manufacturers often set their programs to open in the background, where you can’t see them running, so they’ll open right away when you click their icons. That’s helpful for programs you use a lot, but for programs you rarely or never use, this wastes precious memory and slows down the time it takes Windows to finish starting up.
Decide for yourself if you want a program to run at startup.
You can go ahead and disable some programs that you don’t need at startup.
BUT you should never disable ANTI-VIRUS program or driver programs. One drive and utility software like browsers and Spotify are safe to disable. This step alone will shorten your boot time up to 10-20 seconds.
3. Lighten Your Web Browser
Google’s Chrome is a devil when it comes to eating up your PC’s resources.
There’s a good chance you use your web browser, especially Google’s Chrome, a lot, so your web browser may just be a bit slow. It’s a good idea to use as few browser extensions, or add-ons, as possible — those slow down your web browser and cause it to use more memory.
Go into your web browser’s Extensions or Add-ons manager and remove add-ons you don’t need. You should also consider enabling click-to-play plug-ins. Preventing Flash and other content from loading will prevent unimportant Flash content from using CPU time.
4. Scan and Remove Virus, Malware, and Adware
There’s also a chance that while you are browsing the Internet some malware is watching your activity and keep on popping advertisements very frequently.
This may not be flat-out malware — it may be software that interferes with your web browsing to track it and add additional advertisements, for example. This is something we call an Adware, and it’s no less dangerous. The best way to avoid these pop-ups is to use a chrome plugin like u-Block.
To be extra safe, scan your computer with an antivirus program. You should also scan it with Malwarebytes, which catches a lot of “potentially unwanted programs” (PUPs) that most antivirus programs tend to ignore. These programs try to sneak onto your computer when you install other software, and you almost certainly don’t want them.
5. Free Up Disk Space
If your hard drive is almost completely full, your computer may run noticeably slower. You want to leave your computer some room to work on your hard drive.
You don’t need any third-party software — just running the Disk Cleanup tool included in Windows can help quite a bit.
Also, try deleting the temp folder. Windows + R > %temp% > Select All files and hit delete.
Hope this guide will help you someday when you’re stuck with a slow PC. Feel free to ask any doubts in the comment section!