Slow Computers Tasks

One of the most frustrating experiences in computing is waiting for a slow-as-molasses startup to finish. You have to wait through the POST (power-on self-test) screen, then pass the Windows Startup screen, and then tolerate the most irritating part of all: when you can see your desktop but the computer is still unresponsive and too slow to use. Of course, it wasn't always like this; when you first bought the PC, startup was a breeze. So what happened?
Software happened. You installed all sorts of applications, and they took liberties with Windows, setting it up so that any variety of programs and services now launch automatically when the operating system boots. These days, Windows is launching 30 programs every time it starts up, meaning that you have to wait an extra few minutes before you can check your email. (From: Alex Castle the author of 12 easy PC tasks you should be doing (but aren't).)

You must regularly perform the tasks in each of the following tabs to keep your computers running at their optimal performance.

CCleaner

CCleaner is a free system optimization tool which can be used to remove unused files and speed up your PC. It can clean Internet history from browsers and remove temporary stuff from other applications. It has an inbuilt registry cleaner which finds and fixes all the registry errors.

Junk Files, Junk Registry Entries, Junk Cookies — Just Some of What Slows Down Windows.

It is simple, easy-to-use and quite fast in cleaning the junk.

Defragment Your Hard Drive

Disk defragmentation is the process of consolidating fragmented data on a volume (such as a hard disk or a storage device) so it will work more efficiently.

Fragmentation happens to a volume over time as you save, change, or delete files. The changes that you save to a file are often stored in a different place on the volume than the original file. This doesn't change where the file appears in Windows—only where the bits of information that make up the file are stored on the actual volume. Over time, both the file and the volume itself become fragmented, and your computer slows down as it has to look in different places to open a single file.

If you’ve been using PCs for more than a year or two, you have probably heard about how important it is to defragment your hard drive regularly. Defragmenting consolidates the data on your drive. Although modern hard drives don't see much of a speed boost when they're defragged—unlike the drives of yesteryear—it's still a good idea to defrag your storage periodically to prevent heavy fragmentation from becoming an issue over time. If nothing else, the odds of recovering lost data after a disaster are increased if you defragged your drive recently.

How to defragment your hard drive

Delete files using Disk Cleanup

PC users can use the Disk Cleanup app to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your drives, which can help your PC run faster. It can delete temporary files and system files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove a variety of other items that you might no longer need.

Error-checking Diagnostics Software

Sometimes, your computer is noticeably slower or programs "hang" when you access certain files. This problem might occur because there are errors on your hard disk drive.

You can troubleshoot the problem by using the Disk Check tool in Windows 7 and 8. Disk Check can identify and automatically correct file system errors and make sure that you can continue to load and write data from the hard disk. You can use Disk Check in Windows 7 and 8 not only for local hard drives, but also for removable media such as USB memory sticks or memory cards.

Spyware

Spybot is a popular spyware and adware removal program compatible with Microsoft Windows 95 and later. It protects your computer against malware, viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits, keyloggers, password stealers, and much more. You must download, install and run Spybot on regular basis. Spybot - Search & Destroy® is free for private use however, you need to purchase this software to use it on your UNK machines.

Updates

It is very important to update your computer to get rid of any weaknesses in software that allows hackers and viruses gain access to your computer. In order to prevent such attacks and protect your computer, software developers offer free updates for their software via their websites. So, next time when that dreaded little icon appears in your system tray again do not say, "Oh, there's another update, I don't have time now. Actually, you do not have time to "not update." Updating your computer is an easy, free way to help keep your machines safer and running smoothly.


  • Windows update
    • Windows updates is an easy, free way to help keep your PC safer and running smoothly. It offers you the latest security and other important updates from Microsoft automatically.
    • From the Start button > type windows update in the search box > select Windows Update > in the left pane, click Check for update, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.
    • If any updates are found, click Install updates.