Today’s computers are faster than ever and they need to be since they are now required to support sophisticated user interfaces, games, HD movies and a range of other compute intensive tasks. If you’ve found that your PC speed has decreased significantly you may be thinking that it’s time to buy a new PC but this is not necessarily the case. There are several causes of PC slowdown which you should check first.

Your computer can be running slowly for several reasons (unrelated to its age). You may have accumulated too many temporary and other ‘junk’ files (including those produced by Internet browsers), your hard drive has errors or is fragmented, your PC is harboring viruses or spyware or there are applications running in the background consuming system resources of which you are not aware.

To deal with temporary files, such as those created by web browsers and other applications, you should periodically run the Disk Cleanup Utility which allows you to remove these files while retaining those that you wish to keep. You should also regularly removed unwanted programs and files from your hard disk leaving as much space on it as possible. A full, or nearly full, hard drive can impact system performance significantly. Using the Disk Check utility to check for disk errors and the Disk Defragmenter to optimize disk access should also boost your PC speed.

If you’re still wondering “How do I speed up my computer?”, you should periodically run a virus check to ensure that your system has not been infected by malware which is stealing system resources or otherwise impacting computer resources. Related to this are programs that have been installed and set to start automatically. These programs might not be malicious but sometimes are no longer required but still run and take processing cycles from other tasks. Check the programs that are set in your Startup Folder to ensure that all are required. Do the above to contribute to an increase in your PC speed before you consider buying a new one.

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