Tuesday, July 3, 2012

5 Steps to Improve PC Speed and Performance

A PC may have many issues which stop it running smoothly and cannot load applications/programs in time. Issues like viruses, spyware, registry errors, low disk space, slow loading, upgradation, etc. This article will explain how to maintain, run and protect your PC from suspicious programs, using some tools which are compatible in Windows 7, Windows XP and Vista.

Before reading this article, your PC must be logged in as administrator (recommended), so as to customize or change settings that may not be applicable for guest or other limited users.

1. Upgrade to Windows 7

The best recommended by Microsoft is upgrading to Windows 7. This is true because Win 7 has many security essentials which are not present in its previous versions. This will be first action every Windows PC user must perform in order to get most out of any software.

2. Get rid of Virus, Spyware Hell

Viruses and Spyware are those dangerous programs that are written in programming languages by hackers, which are meant to steal your personal or private information without your interference. They mainly steal your mail and website username/passwords to perform illegal operations. In order to fight install best recommended Antivirus and Antispyware softwares like Norton, Avast, AVG, Kaspersky, etc. This may be known to everyone, but users forget to install updates or upgrade the software.

Apart from this, Microsoft recommends three security softwares for PC safeguard and virus removal – Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. Download these tools from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/

3. Low Disk Space? No Problem

Is your PC running out of space, then firstly you should run “Disk Cleanup” tool which identifies all files that are unwanted or not so important to PC. Disk Cleanup deletes temporary Internet & Windows files, downloaded program files (ActiveX controls, Applets, etc.), and removes unused restore points.

If you want a tool that handles and removes unwanted files in a better way, then download “CCleaner” which would the best for any Windows user. CCleaner does more work than regular “Disk Cleaner” like deleting registry errors, handling startup items, etc.

4. Problem loading or accessing data?

This would be the common reason for every PC user and is solved very easily with some tools. Microsoft recommends “Disk Defragmenter”, a Windows utility that fragments files/folders on your hard disk, which end up in specific and neat file arrangement.

There is another best defragmentation tool – “Auslogics Disk Defrag”, which re-arranges your HDD data with higher performance. Download at http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download/

5. Download ReadyBoost and Repair System Disk Errors

To handle and repair system errors, you should go for “Registry Repair” software from Glarysoft. This tool is exclusively meant for removing and maintaining system registry errors. Download Registry Repair at http://www.glarysoft.com/products/utilities/registry-repair/

A Microsoft recommended product for boosting up your system speed - ReadyBoost, which is compatible only for Windows 7 and Vista operating systems. ReadyBoost speeds up your PC by an innovative method i.e. using non-volatile flash memory of external USB or memory card. Learn how to use ReadyBoost on Windows 7 and Windows Vista.