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The Secrets of Speed Up Your PC Fads

Overview

Since the late 90s and during the 2000s, "Speed Up Your Computer" fads have exploded and in many occasions, these fads are really cons. They boast to speed up your computer through many different methods (sometimes magical ones). Sometimes they boast to do it by making registry fixes, windows fixes, "speed up software", etc. In many occasions, these don't help what so ever. I will help you tell real from fake and more importantly, explain what they are trying to do and how you can do it for free and how to really increase the speed of your computer.

The PC Problems That Need Fixed

I'll give you some general problems that plague computers and sometimes will reduce speed. One and maybe the most common is your PC is old, it has (relatively) low amounts of RAM (2GB or less), lower end CPU (dual cores or less) and slow Hard Drives (5400RPM Hard Drives would be slower). Now, before any judgements are made, if your OS is XP or before, these pieces of hardware will be fine as those operating systems don't require a lot to run. This is more in regards to Windows 7 and up. The second issue is in regards to Windows corruption. This can be registry issues, bad sectors on your OS, full hard drives or severely fragmented hard drives. The last and more severe are virus related problems. All these problems can debilitate your machines and make them worthless to you. It can be hard to determine which one of these issues is the problem, so I will give you some basic troubleshooting tips too.

Hardware Fixes

These fixes are pretty straight forward. In most occasions, if you want a faster PC and it is slow because of how old it is, get a better PC or better parts. To determine if your computer is slow because it is old, think about how long it has been slow. If it just started happening, you haven't made any changes to the computer recently, installed any new software, etc... the odd are, you might need an upgrade. These aren't finite troubleshooting techniques but more rules of thumb as it is easy to overlook something. Another tip would be smell your computer, does it smell like something is burning? That is obviously a good indication of a bad part. Is your computer not booting any longer? Open the side and look at the capacitors (cylinder parts hanging off the board). Are the capacitors bulging out (the sliver part) or are the popped? That is bad and your computer has a limited time to live.

Operating System Fixes

These fixes are where people get scammed most of the time. Your operating system can get extremely worn, to say it plainly. This can lead to hard drive fragmentation, OS corruption, registry issues and much more. These are relatively easy to fix. However, severe OS corruption might lead to you needing to reformat your machine and reinstall Windows. General fix software that can help you with this, that is safe is CCleaner. There are free and paid for versions but the paid for version will work better. CCleaner is mostly a cleaner but it also has registry cleaner on it that works very well too. Another step would be to do a check disk on your computer. In very rare occasions, this can cause issues on the computer but since the release of Windows Vista, it has been a lot safer. Your PC will sometimes automatically run one of these scans when the computer boots if it thinks something is wrong. If that be the case, let it run through as it is likely correct. If you would like to run one of these, you'll need to open a command prompt and type "chkdsk" (if you don't know what the command prompt is, you might want to do some more research). Lastly, hard drive fragmentation is kind of an old idea, but still can cause issues. Windows provides you with free defrag software. I would suggest running it, but it can take a while to complete. If you want to take the extra step, I use JKDefrag, which is a nice piece of software too.

Virus Fixes

My least favorite subject to talk about, but my favorite to fix. Virus, malware, spyware, etc... can cause serious problems to one's computer as many of you might have already seen. As Windows has been out, these problems have gotten a lot better as the OSs have gotten a lot better. However, if you'd like some help with fixing viruses and what not, I can do so. I'll first say, if you are severely infected to the point you can't do much or anything on your computer, you will want to seek the advice of a professional. If you know you are infected but you can still do things, your first move is to run a couple different cleaners. First, I would suggest running an anti virus scan if you have an anti virus. If you can do a boot time scan (like Avast has), do so as running a scan against your OS, outside your OS is better then if you ran one inside the OS itself. Second, a malware scanner would be good. If you need some suggestions, I would look into Super Anti Spyware and Malwarebytes. Third, if you are still having issues, try out Combofix. Lastly, if you think you've gotten rid of them all, run CCleaner to clean up and maybe a check disk if you are out of options. If that still doesn't fix your issues and you don't have money to spend on a technician, you can always reinstall windows on your PC (back up your info).

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