Through normal, everyday usage every computer will eventually become slower. The modern operating system, Microsoft Windows notably, has done little in becoming more efficient in its way of handling the demands of its users.
Normal usage of today’s average computer user will access the Internet, type papers, play games and perhaps some business applications. Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system, by far and away. There are hundreds of thousands of programs written to run on Windows, most are good and useful, some are trivial and serve no productive purpose.
The main problem with having so many programs capable of running on the same operating system is that the operating system has very little control on how that program operates on your computer. Most programs are not causing serious harm to your computer, however, just as relatives come to your house are not tearing it apart. Nevertheless, your relatives might be messy, leaving their trash around or not using a coaster. Programs will often leave their trash lying around the operating system and you might never know about it. Some of the data that is often left behind by standard programs are generally referred to as temporary files. Each time you surf the Internet, pieces of the websites you visited are left behind. The main purpose behind this is to speed up the response time when you revisit that site in the future. However, with high speed Internet access, this is a legacy feature from the dial-up days. In addition to junk files stored throughout the file system, there are newer faster programs that simply demand more resources than your computer originally came with.
There are several options available to speed up your computer. To keep your operating system running silky smooth, it may be beneficial and cost effective, to reinstall the operating system once every couple of years. This ability is generally provided by the computer manufacture, by the way of restore software. Although this option is time consuming and not recommended for the most basic of users, a knowledge computer professional can usually provide this service for a small fee, providing you have all the required software. The next option is to basically clean the operating system yourself. This can be done using some free tools, the most popular being CCleaner and Defraggler. These tools can be found at such websites as filehippo.com. These programs are very easy to use and can remove even the most hidden temporary files. The third option is to check for any malware or virus activity on your computer. Even with up-to-date anti-virus software, a slow computer can still allow dangerous programs onto your computer without knowing it. There are great free anti-malware programs available, most notably being Malwarebytes. A full scan with this program can reveal concealed malware and remove it in most cases. One of the last ways to easily speed up your computer is to purchase and install additional memory. This can be done by most users and is inexpensive. First step would be to visit a website that will tell you the size and types of RAM that is available for your computer. A popular site would be crucial.com. Locate the make and model of your computer and the website will tell you what to purchase. You can either purchase directly from the website or from a local retailer. Take extreme care in powering off your computer, opening the case and installing the memory chips. Be sure to unplug the computer and touch the metal case before you touch any of the memory chips to the motherboard, this will reduce the chances of an electrical discharge. If you feel unsure of your ability to perform this upgrade, a computer professional can help for a small fee.
All of these options can be done together to make your computer like new again, or apart for a simple boost. Although new computer today are often much faster than what you have, the software you are using may not justify the cost of replacing it entirely. Performing these upgrades yourself can save a lot of money and frustration. Even paying a professional to complete these tasks should be cheaper than a new computer. However, if your computer is more than ten years ago, it may be time to purchase a new replacement.