Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Here are a few tips on how to speed up your computer and get rid of all the "junk". They are in a sense like our cars, we need to keep them maintained in order for them to be reliable! You can keep this browser open and follow the instructions at the same time. You may also want to bookmark this page and come back every once in a while to repeat these steps. Here we go.. First we are going to clean up all the old files that pile up and weigh the computer down. Click on start and go to my computer, once this opens up right click on the drive that says C: you will see an option to click on disk cleanup, click this. It will then pop up with a box and checkmarks, you will need to click on each small box to put in a checkmark all the way down. This is going to clear out all of your temproary internet files and such. After checking each box click ok, it will ask you if you are sure you want to delete these files, yes. It will take a few minutes to delete the unneeded files, depending on how much you have piled up. You will then be done with this task.
Next we will clean up your startup menu...
If your computer takes forever to boot up into windows, you may have your computer loaded with programs that are starting at the same time Windows is and thus, taking Windows longer to load. Most of these programs are optional and can be accessed elsewhere to avoid the lengthy startup process. This is where you need to use caution and pay close attention to what you are unchecking...
Go to start, in the search box type msconfig and hit enter. This will bring up the system configuration. Click on the tab at the top that says startup. All the programs that are listed and checked are all starting along with Windows, if there are many, this is why it takes your computer so long to fully boot up. So to clean this out you need to go down the list and look for optional programs such as google toolbar, yahoo im, bing, msn, weather bug, anything that is not needed to run or maintain your computer could and should be removed. Anything that says Norton or Mcafee leave those alone, they need to run at all times. Also anything that has Windows listed under the file location at the top, leave these there as well. Do Not remove anything labled Windows as these are needed and could cause your computer to malfunction if removed. Once you have removed all unnecessary check marks click apply at the bottom and ok. This will ask you to reboot your computer, go ahead and do so. Once you're computer is loading, take notice at the amount of time that it takes to fully load compared to before. You should see quite a difference, depending on how much was in your startup menu. Two more quick tips to keep your computer in good shape, keep your antivirus software updated and run a scan on a regular basis. You may also want to go to www.download.com and download malwarebytes. This is a very good tool to have and run on your computer. Install this and run the full scan once a week. Hopefully this helped you out with your computer speed! Its a free way to free up space on your computer without having to do any costly upgrades! If you have any questions or concerns email me at email@example.com or visit me at
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