You don’t have to be a computer geek to speed up your PC. In fact, by learning the 6 methods listed below, you can easily squeeze more performance of your PC – even if this is your first time using a computer. Whether you want to increase your internet speed or improve your gaming performance, here are the 6 easiest ways to speed up your PC.

6) Download Google Chrome: There are several different internet browsers on the market, but if you’re looking for pure speed, then Google Chrome is the one you should choose. While it may not have as many add-ons as Firefox, Chrome loads websites at a noticeably faster speed than almost any other browser in the world.

5) Remove clutter: Think of everything you do on your computer. You browse the internet, install programs, and play video games, for example. Over time, all of this data starts to fill up space on your hard drive. And, most of this data isn’t even that important. If you want to free up space on your hard drive and increase your PC speed while you’re at it, removing clutter is the first thing you should do. Start by uninstalling programs that you no longer use, and then clear your old internet data. If that sounds too complicated for you, there are plenty of programs that will remove all of this clutter for you.

4) Defragment your hard drive: One of the easiest ways to speed up your PC is by defragmenting your hard drive. Every Windows computer includes a disk defragmenter, and by regularly scanning your computer with this tool, you can reduce the time it takes to find data on your hard drive. Basically, it consolidates all of your important information closer to the center of the disk, which means your hard drive doesn’t have to work as hard to find the data it needs. Keep in mind that the Windows disk defragmenter is not as powerful as other solutions on the market, and many people opt for a third party solution.

3) Add more RAM: Up to this point, everything we’ve discussed has been about software upgrades. However, one of the best ways to speed up your PC is by adding a few extra sticks of RAM. This is slightly more advanced than the steps we’ve covered above, as it requires you to open up the case of your PC and insert a stick of RAM onto the motherboard. However, the performance boost you get from adding more memory to your system will be immediately noticeable. If you’ve already done everything you could to speed up your PC in terms of software upgrades, then adding more RAM is a very good idea.

2) Download driver updates: The software on your PC communicates with your hardware every single day. However, what happens when this communication breaks down? By updating your ‘drivers’ (little programs that tell your operating system how to communicate with your hardware), you can rest assured knowing that your computer is performing at the maximum possible speed.

1) Run an antivirus scan: If you don’t already have antivirus software installed on your computer, then you should. Most programs are incredibly easy to operate, and only require users to click a few simple buttons before performing a scan. Malware and viruses are the main cause of PC slowdowns and they pose a serious threat to the security of your system. By performing a virus scan, you can quickly and easily increase the speed of every program on your PC.

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