At some point in the life of your PC you may find that it gets sluggish and responds rather slowly. Over time, data builds up on your hard drive and creates all sorts of performance problems. The speed of your applications may sharply drop off and your internet speed may decrease. If you’re a gamer, then you may notice your frames per second have started to decrease.

There are many programs on the software market that can help to speed up your PC if it starts to get sluggish. Before you run out and purchase a new computer, you should try to squeeze extra life out of your old one using one of these optimization programs.

One of the first programs that you could use to speed up your PC is an all in one general tune-up tool. There are various models on the market for you to choose from, and we strongly recommend choosing PC Cleaner Pro 2012 simply because it does everything you need to speed up a PC.

While software is one solution to your slow PC, there are other ways to speed it up without purchasing anything at all. Here are a few ideas:

Delete unwanted programs and data

One of the first things you need to do is delete unwanted programs on your computer. There are probably several programs on your PC that you never use but still take up valuable hard drive space and system resources.

You can also delete hidden junk files that are saved to your computer as temporary files without your knowledge. Every time you browse the internet, these junk files are stored on your hard drive, and over time, the temporary internet files folder can grow to over 5 or 10 gigabytes in size. Fortunately, a disk clean-up is very easy to do, and is available for free with any Windows computer. Just look in your System Tools folder under the Windows start menu. Simply open the disk clean-up tool, choose which unnecessary files you want the tool to remove, and then it will get rid of any junk files that you have missed manually.

Use the right antivirus software

You should always use a paid anti-virus program. There are several things wrong with free antivirus programs, but the most important thing to know is that they don’t offer a good security solution for your computer. And, to make matters worse, they can drag down your entire PC’s performance and significantly reduce your productivity. So, while free antivirus programs may seem like an attractive offer, they almost always slow down your computer more than some of the best paid antivirus programs.

Be efficient

To speed up your PC even further, close down any programs that you aren’t using. This may seem like a basic tip, but it’s something that a lot of PC users don’t understand. When you press the ‘X’ button to close down a program, it doesn’t always shut it down completely. If the icon is still in your system tray, then that program is still running.

The Windows Registry

A software program will not upgrade the physical memory on your computer, but it can make your memory usage more efficient. One of the best ways to do this is to delete unnecessary registry files. This is virtually impossible to do manually, which means you have to find a good registry cleaner. A registry file is basically a complete record of your computer’s existence from the first time it was switched on. It holds a record of all the programs you have ever installed, and any changes you have made to the settings and configuration of your computer. Unless you have a lot of experience or are a qualified computer engineer, then it is best to leave the registry coding alone and let a good registry cleaner program do all the work for you.

Keep in mind that a good PC optimization program like PC Cleaner Pro 2012 will automatically clean the registry for you.

Optimize your startup programs list

Another easy way to speed up your PC is to remove any unnecessary start-up programs on your computer. While we’ve already told you to uninstall unused programs that are taking up space, you should also run an application called msconfig (go to your Start menu in Windows 7 and search for it, or open up a command box and type that in). Msconfig allows you to pick and choose which programs you want to run when your computer starts up.

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