Make My Computer Faster For Free
One of the most common questions computer technicians get is, “How can I make my computer faster for free?” Short of buying new equipment or even getting an entirely new machine, there are actually several relatively easy things you can do to cure the problem of an exceedingly slow computer at no cost. In fact, most of the reason your computer isn’t running well is the accumulation of so-called “cobwebs” that result from everyday use. With these techniques, you can clear out those “cobwebs” and make your computer run faster and more smoothly for free.
- Clear your internet browser’s cache, history, and cookies. If your computer is running slowly when your web browser is open, then it’s likely that the program’s stored information is the culprit. As you use the internet, your browser keeps track of certain information, which accumulates quite a bit over time. By going to your “internet options” tool and clearing the cache, history, and cookies, you free up all that immediate space that the browser once took up when running – making your computer noticeably faster in many cases.
- Keep your running applications to a minimum. Sometimes the reason your computer isn’t running faster is simply because it’s struggling to keep up with several running, unused applications at once. Many installed programs are set up to run in the background whether in use or not, taking up loads of precious memory and crippling your system. To exit them, go to the Windows operating system’s “System Tray” in the Taskbar, and close the programs that aren’t in use. The result should be immediate and dramatic increases in speed, especially if there are a lot of programs hiding out there.
- Defragment your hard drive. As you save and remove data from your computer, your hard drive essentially becomes a bird’s nest of mixed up information. Finding all of it eventually becomes a struggle for the hard drive, which in turn reduces your computer’s speed. To put all the information back in order and clean it up, run Windows’ “disk defragmentation” tool, which can be found in the Start Menu. Though it takes some time to do, defragmenting the hard drive is one of the most effective overall ways to make your computer faster for free.
- Check for Malware. When you’ve tried everything else and the computer’s still crawling, it might be time to check for Malware. Though they’re typically thought of as taking your computer completely hostage and ruining your system, some Malware programs prefer to run quietly in the background, hogging your computer’s resources and bogging it down. To remove it, use your antivirus software of choice to run a scan, and delete or quarantine whatever is discovered.