If speeding up your PC is on top on your To-Do list, it’s best to diagnose the problem first. So, before asking “How do I speed up my PC”, ask “Why is my computer running slowly?”. The most common causes of a crawling PC are spyware and viruses, too many files and applications, depleted disk space, outdated hardware, and low memory.

Anti-virus protection is a MUST for your computer, so if you don’t have a security program, get one quick! YOu should also obtain a spyware protection program. These “spies” are hip to your every move in cyberspace and secretly gather information on your activities, decreasing your computer’s speed and increasing its susceptibility to infection.

Under “Speed Up My PC” on that To-Do list, add “Clean Up MY PC” – and that means inside and outside of your computer. Always delete unused files and programs, and make sure you never have less than 20% of available disk space by running a disk defragmenter at least once a week. Dust, food particles and dirt can clog the fans on your computer causing it to overheat – and like yourself, PCs that are overheated can lag, or just plain stop working. So make it a habit to tidy up your workspace – and keep snacking while Facebooking to a minimum.

Computers are all about the now – so make sure to regularly update your Windows, browser plug-ins, and drivers. Out-of-date programs weaken your PC’s ability to perform at its maximum efficiency. An older computer is a slower computer, too, especially if it has low memory. A good rule of thumb is to maintain at least 1 gigabyte of memory – if your computer has less, it’s time for an upgrade.

Luckily, most options for speeding up your computer are easy, and free. However, if these suggestions don’t do the trick, it might be time to start browsing for a new computer.

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