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Three Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Computer

computer & technologyOne of the main questions I get asked over and over again is "Why is my computer running so Slow?" and it simply amazes me how many people simply ignore the advice I give them on how to go about speeding it up. You see a computer can slow down for many reasons, including hardware issues, software issues, not enough memory, too many programs installed etc. However the majority of computers slow down in performance due to some common issues and most can be repaired by carrying out some simple procedures within the comfort of your own home. So if you wish to learn how to speed up your computer then continue reading as I will show you three very easy ways to significantly increase the performance of your PC.

Tweak Number One - Not Enough Memory, Get More RAM

The most obvious way to speed up your PC would be to buy some more RAM. It is the most obvious solution yet it is still the most neglected one, back in the day you didn't have to worry about having extra RAM. But these days with the introduction of windows vista and many other powerful programs, a lot of systems that come straight out of the factory are unable to handle and support these programs, simply because they do not have enough RAM.

To run Windows Vista properly and efficiently you need at least 1GB of RAM and I would recommend buying a legitimate Graphics Card as well. You may have had an excuse for not buying extra RAM a few years ago as it used to be fairly expensive but these days you can pick up a decent 1GB stick of RAM for around $20-30. So I don't see any reason for you not to upgrade if you are looking to improve the performance of your computer.

Tweak Number Two - Get Rid Of Any Malicious Programs and Spyware

If you use the internet or download music, videos etc. from P2P networks on a regular basis then it is almost guaranteed that you would've come across some form of spyware or ad-ware in the past. You don't choose to install these malicious programs on your computer they just somehow manage to claw their way in, and most of the times you won't even know that you've been infected unless you have some good anti-spyware software in action.

Spyware and viruses can significantly slow down the performance of your computer as they are constantly running in the background of you computer performing malicious task and trying to collect your valuable private information. They can not only considerably slow your computer down but basically destroy your whole machine if you are not cautious.

The best solution to this problem is to always have your anti-spyware protection running and make sure all your databases are up to date so you can detect the latest Trojans and spywares. If you find yourself infected then immediately run a full scan and repair of your system using your software in order to get rid of the spyware and to make sure you don't cause any serious damage to your PC.

If you don't already have some type of anti-spyware protection, then I'm afraid your computer is at serious risk and you are probably in deep trouble. Go out and find a good spyware removal tool and install it as soon as possible so you can have your computer running at optimum performance again.

Tweak Number Three - Fix Corrupted Registry

One of the most overlooked reasons as to why your computer is running so slow is due to the fact that you probably have a corrupted registry. You see the registry is like the back bone of your computer and it contains records of almost every action performed on the machine.
Any changes you make to your computer, meaning any programs you install or delete affects the registry and over time it becomes severely corrupted due installations and un-installations. Even when you do something good for the computer, like remove a virus or spyware, it will still affect and corrupt the registry, this is because traces of the file still remain in the registry, so Worthless and excess files are stored in the registry.

After a few months of running your computer the registry will become brutally corrupted, of course it will be unintentional, but nonetheless it will be a total mess. At the start your computer will just begin to slow down, however as time passes and the registry still has not been cleaned, your PC will begin to face much larger problems. It will begin to freeze and crash and you probably won't be able to access some applications (the infamous dll errors are caused due to this).

Remember your registry is basically what runs your operating system so it only makes sense to give it through cleaning every now and then to make sure everything is running smoothly. Even if you have upgraded your RAM and cleared your PC of any Spyware and viruses, a corrupted registry can still drastically reduce the speed of your PC. Therefore I would recommend conducting a full scan and repair of the registry with a good registry cleaner every week or so in order to seriously speed up your Computer.

So next time you find yourself asking the dreaded question of "Why is my computer running so slow?" go ahead and apply the three simple tweaks above and I guarantee your computer will be running at least 2-3 times faster. You will simply be amazed at how easy it was to speed up your Computer; you will have to invest a little bit of cash, but once you begin to use your PC and realize how much it has improved you will understand that it was well worth it. Plus these days' computers have deeply engrained themselves into our lifestyles and are such an important factor in our daily lives that it only makes sense to make sure they are running efficiently.


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