5 Free Ways to Make Your Computer Run Faster

Check for viruses

Viruses are not only extremely easy to catch if you're not careful, but they can also cause significant computer performance issues. Unusual slowdowns, hanging programs, slow start-ups and shut-downs can all be symptoms of major virus issues. The best way to prevent infection by viruses is to have good anti-virus software running at all times. However, many people overlook the fact that, if you've only just recently installed protective anti-virus software, you still need to have it actively scan all your hard drives, removable disk drives, USB flash drives and other detachable media sources in order to ensure your system hasn't already been infiltrated by malicious programs. There are good free anti-virus programs available on the web for download.

Check for Malware / Spyware

Slightly different from viruses but still extremely problematic, malware and spyware programs cause significant slowdown issues. Unfortunately, they can also distribute private information about your locations, shopping habits, whereabouts and more. This software often masquerades as anti-virus software that has found a "threat" which it does not thoroughly specify. Next, the software will prompt you to upgrade and purchase a fuller version of protection. Such programs need to be detected and removed by anti-malware programs, such as anti-bytes malware protection software.

Defrag Your Hard Drive

Your hard drive is like a large facility of self-storage units. Each time you save a file or download something, your hard drive tucks it away in one of many tiny storage spaces. After a year or so of use, however, your data might be inefficiently stored in several different far-from-one-another spots. Defragging is basically an automatic way for your computer to more efficiently re-organize your various portions of data in order to access them more quickly in the future. You can automatically defrag your hard drive on a Windows system via the control panel.

Delete Temporary Internet Files

If you use Internet Explorer, there's a good chance you are ending up with dozens or more of eventually bulky temporary internet files each browsing session. Over time, the folders responsible for retaining all this basically useless information become overfull. You can quickly remedy this problem by going into the Internet Options menu in Internet Explorer and choosing "Clear Browsing History" and "Delete Temporary Internet Files".

Make Sure Your Software Belongs on Your System

Certain programs, like Apple's iTunes and windows Media Player are notorious memory-hogs which don't run well on most PC's. Try uninstalling these programs and seeing if your overall system performance improves dramatically.