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How to Speed Up That Sluggish Computer

Science & Tech  (tags: technology, computer, performance )

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Is your desktop or laptop computer starting to feel a little poky? Even after just a few months of use, your PC or Mac may start to lose steam thanks to a fragmented hard drive, too many programs running in the background, or even a rogue piece of malware

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Marti Williams (170)
Monday February 28, 2011, 6:19 pm
Noted...thank god for de-frag programs....

Iona Kentwell (129)
Monday February 28, 2011, 6:21 pm
Thank you! So simple but real advice that works.

Freya H (357)
Monday February 28, 2011, 6:44 pm
I defragment my hard drive regularly, and run anti-virus software at least once a week. I also do an occasional bit of "housekeeping," going through my files and seeing which ones I can delete.

Jae A (316)
Monday February 28, 2011, 7:04 pm
It is also a good idea to delete history/cookie/temp folders reg..I do mine at least once a day at min. Usually before shutting down my computers each day/night. Often during the day a few times even if I'm doing a lot of 'surfing' and opening of a lot of site pages. For those who do not know where to go to do this :

Click on the 'Tools' tab...[top section of browser]...THen click on 'Internet Options"..look for 'browsing history ' and click on 'delete'..check all sq.s of the items that you want to delete..then to 'delete'. If this is not done reg. the info in those, which are not necessary to keep, can slow ones system down over time. You are not deleting a folder ..only the past info stored in out of old info etc.
You can also do all this with only two clicks in Windows7 or 8 by going to...Tool bar at top and click on the 'Safety' on that..then click on 'delete browsing history.

H Nick H (1826)
Monday February 28, 2011, 8:43 pm
All good ideas, and I practice them all the time. Not only using the tools folder to delete history and cookies; but runing MALWARE, MICROSOFT SECURITY daily; SPYBOT weekly,; and CCLEANER (we call it cra p cleaner) daily. I defrage at list bi-monthly and more if needed. Good advice to share. Thanks Jae. Can't send you another star tor this one. :)

Sue McGuey (106)
Monday February 28, 2011, 8:58 pm
Noted.....good advice....some I do already.....defrag I should do more often....guess I should do some cleaning up of files!!!!!!!!!!

Mac R (289)
Monday February 28, 2011, 9:30 pm
Also, here's a tool that we just found recently and we're finding that even many tech people don't know about this one! You flash player from Adobe keeps info on its own page and you can clean it up by going here and deleting all files:

Go there and clean it up then bookmark the site so you can go there easily and clean it up after watching videos and news clips, all of which leave these things behind.

Toni C (508)
Monday February 28, 2011, 9:50 pm
Read it earlier, Did it... can't see one iota of difference. Oooh, thanks, Mac, I'll try that... otherwise I'll just defrag regularly like I do now. Thanks, Jae.

Terrence B (2)
Monday February 28, 2011, 9:51 pm
People seem to think defragging is a chore.
with the newer processors out now - you can get one of those automatic defrag programs that defrags during your computer idle time and never worry about when or if you should defrag ever.

as far as the other things mentioned they have all in one tools that can do the same thing for you as well.
its no where near as hard as it used to be to keep your computer tuned up.

Even apps you can use so you never have to run your virus scanner or spyware scanner ever again.

Jae A (316)
Monday February 28, 2011, 10:46 pm
All those multi function tools are great Terrence. I think the article was presented for those who might not know how or want to learn to install and use them and maybe more so for those who's puters may not have a lot of extra drive/memory left on their puters. Things that all can do without downloading extra's per say. We have tried a number of the multi tools and various virus and malware removal tools and use them all reg. One can't do too much to help save the life of their computers and to keep them running as smooth and fast as possible in my opinion. Like many's that reg. cleaning and maintainence that makes a huge difference.

Lots of great advice and suggestion so far...keep em coming as we all can benefit from them.

Jae A (316)
Monday February 28, 2011, 10:51 pm
oppps...keyboard got away from me.....:-).... "maintenance"

Past Member (0)
Monday February 28, 2011, 11:09 pm
Dank u wel

Mary L (132)
Monday February 28, 2011, 11:24 pm
Nick H, that's exactly what the C in CCleaner stands for LOL. I've very lucky to have an in-house tech and an on call back up of amazing gifts.

One thing to be aware of if you have a slow down at about the same time every day and an ADSL/DSL line is that no matter how high speed you pay for the more people on your circuit the slower you're internet experience will be.

Paula L (17)
Monday February 28, 2011, 11:45 pm
Thank you Jae, I have securities and protections, and I do the male ware clean up and defragmentaion, and such, but someone told me I needed to clean the cookies out daily, because every site you go to adds their on cookies. I just haven't taken the time to figure that one appreciate you addinjg that one in. Just what I needed.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:17 am
Thank you so much.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:04 am
Noted, thanks.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 4:10 am
Something I learned.. when a box pops up and it wants to clean your machine and there is only an yes box to hit..Do not X out.. hit ALT CONTROL Delete all at the same time and bring up program manager and close it down from there.. do this with anything that looks like it might be trouble.

Superanti Spyware Free Edition will clean out all the Adware stuff and garbage..saved me more than once.

Mike S (86)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 6:40 am
Noted, shared and bookmarked. Thanks for the informative and helpful article Jae.

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 9:14 am
I need to follow the advice here...

Helle H (21)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 9:20 am
Thanks, noted and printed. It's good for people like me who doesn't know much about computers and don't have any friends nearby to come over and help.

Jeannette A (137)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:56 am
Bookmarked, sent to my in-box and will see if my printer will work so I can get a hard copy.... now to find the spare time to do this before my computer stops talking to me.

Jennifer T (101)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:31 pm
Thanks Jae! Very timely for me as my computer's been slow as molasses. I'll try Nick's advice too. We've also noticed like Mary said, there being certain times in the day or evening that everything slows. Our cable company just installed an updated modem and said there's a faster service we can (pay thru the nose for) get, but said it will still slow down during high traffic no matter what.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 4:40 pm
Thanks Jae.

Jae A (316)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 4:41 pm
One thing that some aren't aware of having is a good 'firewall' program like Zone Alarm...the free version is an excellent one. That can help stop many of the malware and tracking cookies from making contact with your machine or from talking back and forth from yours to their 'corporate and or individual computers'...It really helps to stop 'hackers' looking for whatever in any puter they can get into on line. We've been using Zone Alarm since our very first computer went on-line. Nothing is full proof but a few of the right tools/programs and one can extend the life,the speed, and help protect the information, that once entered, stays on the hard drives.

Some great program suggestions and 'cleaning' tips so far...thanks to all for those.

Maybe someone can start a group of volenteers to help each other on care2 with computer and care2 system problems....? Post a problem and anyone who might be able to help can check in from time to time and leave their suggestions . Several blogs out there for this but one 'in-house' where people know each other and word can be spread quickly it just seems to me like it would be worth the try...????

Roger G (154)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 5:41 pm
great thanks !

Trish K (93)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 6:52 pm
I need a Mac.Tech. I clean the history and the browser all the time. I will go back to the site, bookmark it and
teach myself some more puter stuff. Thanks, we can all use this kind of help.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 8:03 pm
noted and thanx Jae

Erika L (3)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 8:41 pm
I'm very grateful to have an IMac. It is getting old, but works pretty well still.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 8:50 pm
Noted...thanks a lot Jae.

Suruna WTF (38)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 8:32 pm
Wish I could call to mind, or find where the hell I put it, but there are internet and technology groups here on C2 that would love to have problems to solve. "Our" community is a many faceted gem! Thanks Jae!

Suruna WTF (38)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 8:38 pm
I hope this posts as a good link, whether the easy way or the hard way, it's our address as afore mentioned.

Suruna WTF (38)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 8:40 pm
See, a simple thing like that! I too am in desperate need of 'how to' help. LOLLL!

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 12:40 pm
I can't do all that stuff that needs to be done. Am going to call in the "troops", meaning a friend who is a computer whiz.

Jae A (316)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 10:17 pm
I think there is a whole industry waiting to boom ...instead of neighborhood teens,especially those that are too young to work at a fast burger joint,going door to door asking to mow laws,baby sit, or shovel snow they really should be asking if they can offer their services to help others with their puters..for a reasonalble charge under that of their older competitors. No over head for them. They are the ones who are really in know when it comes to computers and have the time to spare to help others with theirs. Reasonable rates with fast service and they'd clean ta say :-).
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