You are optimizing your computer for fast running. The sworn enemy of the average home computer enemy is slow running and computers that freeze. There are a few reasons for this to happen, and it is often possible to overcome them and get your computer running OK again.
One of the primary reasons for a computer to slow down is that a virus or other malware has managed to get installed on your computer. These processes may run in your computer’s background to not even notice them until you find that your computer is being damaged or when pop-ups and other rogue programs start running.
Whenever you have a computer that starts running slowly, you should first consider whether your anti-virus program is up-to-date and then run a full system scan. Anything found should be fixed or deleted by the anti-virus program.
Over some time, the majority of computer users will install new software on their computers. Unfortunately, by default, many of these programs will automatically load at boot time. That means that they load themselves into memory to be ready for use and sit there until they are called.
There are benefits to having them pre-load when the computer starts up. This way, they are ready to run instantly when the user wants them because although they aren’t actively running, they don’t have to be loaded into memory-this saves time. However, most people won’t need all of these programs to sit there all of the time because they aren’t used. When needed, they can be started in the regular way-by clicking on the icon and waiting for the brief time it takes for them to load into memory.
The types of programs that should be loaded at boot include the browsers (both file and internet browser), anti-virus programs, and any other regularly run programs, like your word processor. You can select the programs that you want to run at boot by typing ‘msconfig’ into your search box on Vista or Windows 7 or the run box on XP.
Items that run at launch can be found under the ‘Startup’ tab. You can remove the check from the box of any programs that are not essential, so ensuring that they won’t be taking up valuable memory when the computer boots.
If you don’t have enough RAM installed on your computer, then there may be nothing you can do to increase the speed at which your computer runs. If that is the case, then you will need to install more RAM or upgrade the RAM that is already installed. That is easy to perform the job that you can do at home, and there are many easy to follow guides that can be found online to help you do this optimizing your computer. Alternatively, you can take your computer into a computer shop to have them do the work for you.
A computer that has been optimized will run far faster and be less likely to freeze than one that hasn’t. A small amount of work can be enough to make the user experience far more enjoyable.