You find your computer getting slower and you wonder if it is time to get a new machine. You get impatient waiting for your applications to load and your computer seems to lag every now and then. Before you throw your money on a brand new computer, try these simple tricks to see if they can help you. 

Simple ways to speed up your computer

1. Scan for viruses and spyware.

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This is the top tip you have to try. Malicious software can linger on your computer and cause it to lag and run slower. If you can, go for a good anti-virus software which will usually cost you a certain fee. Most good anti-virus programs such as Norton and Trend Micro also come with the ability to detect spyware. Leave your computer on for a few hours and let the anti-virus program scan all your drives. 

2. Turn off unnecessary start-up programs and services.

This tip will make a significant difference when you start up your computer. You may not know it, but tons of programs and services start up when you boot up your computer, and most of them run in the background. In Windows, this can be easily done by hitting msconfig on your command prompt and this allows you to turn off services and start-up programs that you do not require. 

3. Housekeeping

This involves clearing away folders or documents you do not need. You can back them up to an external hard disk or delete them. After deleting them, you have to empty your recycle bin. Uninstall programs that you do not need to use to free more space and speed up your computer. You can also use the Disk Clean up tools to safely remove selected files. This is a good tool to use to help you to remove temporary internet files that take up space.

4. Upgrade your browser

Internet browsing takes up quite a fair bit of computer resources when you surf, so ensure that you update your browser version regularly to ensure you get the latest updates and patches. You may also want to remove unnecessary toolbars and surfing options to speed up your surfing experience.

5. Upgrade your RAM

If your computer is running on low RAM, you may want to purchase more RAM to increase your computer performance. Most computers run well on 2GB RAM. Certain programs like your Microsoft office or your internet browser take up memory, so adding RAM can boost the speed of your computer.

6. Run Disk Defragmenter

As you use your computer, data stored in your hard disk can become de-fragmented, which means that your hard disk may maintain portions of the same file in different locations. This leads to slow speed and poor performance.  De-fragmenting your hard disk helps to keep information of each file in one space, which helps to save disk space. 


Give the above tips a try before you consider changing a new computer or formatting your hard disk. You'll be surprised how these simple tricks can significantly boost the performance and speed of your computer.