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Simple Tips to Increase Your Computer Performance

You have a lot of work to get done, and the last thing you need getting in your way is a slow computer. There are several steps you can take to increase and improve the performance of your computer.

The first thing you can do to give your computer a boost is to add more RAM. RAM is pretty inexpensive, and having more of it available to your computer can make a real difference in the speed your machine functions at. Aside from buying and installing more RAM (or having the store install it), here are a few basic things you can do to get your computer moving.
The first thing you should do is go through your computers files. That's right. It's time to clean house. If you have lots of programs installed that you don't use anymore, uninstall them. Many programs have an uninstall option right in their Start Menu folder. If the program doesn't, use the "Add/Remove Programs" option in your computer's control panel. Doing this can clear up a lot of sluggishness.

Go through and delete old files you don't need anymore. Audio and video files are big ones that take up a lot of room on your computer and may slow things down some. Once you've finished "cleaning house" so to speak, it's time to take out the trash.

Empty your Recycle Bin. The icon is usually located directly on your desktop. Some operating systems place it on one of your menu bars, so look there if you don't see it on the desktop. You can right-click the Recycle Bin and instruct it to empty. The Recycle Bin gets very, very full if you don't empty it periodically. Clearing it can help speed up your computer.

The next thing you'll want to do is clean up files associated with your internet browser. Exactly how you will do this varies depending on your browser, but you'll probably go to "Tools" then "Options" or "Edit" then "Preferences." Look for an option to clear your private data.
You can clear your cookies at this point if you'd like, but you don't have to. What you do want to clear is your cache, and any offline content or temporary files. These are files that are stored on your computer so that web pages load faster, or so you can browse some sites offline. Many of these pages are web sites you went to one time and will never go to again, so you don't need to keep all the images and data associated with that site.

Next do a disk cleanup. In Windows you're going to find this under Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools. Look for "Disk Cleanup." Select that and let it run. It looks at how much space you can clean up and advises you on the best option for you. Choose to let it delete the files it suggests, and check off any you want to delete, then click OK and let it work.

Run a disk defragmentation after your disk cleanup. You can find this option in the place you found the disk cleanup. It can take a long time because it is shuffling things around on your hard drive to organize it and make your computer run more efficiently. This often frees up space and helps your computer work more efficiently. It may be prudent to start this before you go to bed and let it run overnight!

Two more steps to take to get your computer running at top-notch are the spyware scan and the anti-virus scan. It's pretty easy to get infected with spyware, so doing a period check on your computer is a good idea. After the spyware scan, run a full virus scan. You can request that your virus software do this after your spyware scan even if the virus software does a regularly scheduled scan. You may want to let these two processes run overnight, too.

After you've finally finished with all this cleaning and scanning, it's time to reboot your computer. Hopefully once it restarts you'll be pleasantly surprised at just how quickly it's moving along!

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