HOW TO SPEED UP YOUR COMPUTER PERFORMANCE

Everyone who has to deal with a slow computer wants know how to speed up PC performance. Whether it is your computer at home or at work, slow computer performance makes your computer activities into chores. If you are in this category you don’t have to live with slow computer performance the good news is that you can speed it up if you have the right tools.

THE REQUIRE TOOLS:-

1. Spyware and Adware Removal.
What is Spyware and/or Adware?
Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organisation without their knowledge or explicit permission.

Spyware silently transmits user information via internet to advertisers. This is the most reason why many internet users are facing scammers and harkers issues.
In addition, Spyware often cause your PC to perform very poorly (slow browsing and downloads, program crashes etc.)

WHERE TO FIND SPYWARE:-
Spyware can be found:
* Bundled inside shareware or freeware applications

* In free version of otherwise licensed applications

* In per-to-per (P2P) and other file sharing programs.

Some applications that include Spyware are:-
Xupiter, Gator, SaveNow, NewDotNet, BDE Projector, HotBar, Bonzai Buddy, Comet Cursor, Morpheus, WebHancer, WinMX, Kazaa and Wild Tangent.

To remove Spyware from your computer, I strongly recommend you download, install and run Ad-Aware SE (free) and Spybot Search and Destroy (free).
There are other Spyware and Adware removal programs available online, however you should exercise caution when selecting a program, as many of them claims to remove Spyware but infact install Spyware themselves.

2. VIRUS REMOVAL
A virus can cause many problems, the least harmful (but most noticeable) of which may be decreasing the performance of your PC.
There are several anti-virus programs, and many internet service providers offer free or discounted A/V software.

3. START UP PROGRAMS
Many of the programs install on your PC may have, by default set themselves to run each time your PC starts. This programs will takes up system resources (memory, processor cycles etc.) Even though you are not using them.
Check your system tray right after you PC starts and see how many icons are showing this can be good (but not definitive) indicating of what’s starting each time you turn on your computer.
For each of this programs, check the settings or configuration screen for a box labelled “Run at window starts up” (or similar).
By manually starting programs as you need them, rather than having them starting automatically when you turn on your PC, your start time will decrease and your system will run much faster.
It is important to note that not all the programs that on their own will have icon on the system tray.
Stopping these programs from running at start up can be a bit difficult. In this case Microsoft has built a program into Windows 98, 98SE, ME and XP called msconfig.
This program allows you to change which programs will run when you start up your computer.
It is very important to note that using msconfig can cause serious problem if the wrong things are changed.
It is strongly recommended that only users who are very comfortable using some of the more advanced aspects of their PC should attempt to alter settings via the msconfig utility. This are some site that will guide you in using msconfig.

* Microsoft Window XP resources

* NetSquirrel

4. FREE UP DISK SPACE:-
By freeing disk space, you can improve the performance of your computer. The disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk.
The utility identifies files that you can safely delete, and enable you to choose whether you want to delete some or all identified files.

5. USE DISK CLEANUP TO:-
* Remove temporary internet files.
* Remove downloaded program file (such as Microsoft Activex controls and Java applets). * Empty the Recycle Bin.
* Remove Windows temporary files.
* Remove optional windows component that you don’t use.
* Remove installed programs that you no longer use.

Tip: typically, temporary internet files take the most amount of space because the browsers caches each page you visit for fast access later.

6. DETECT AND REPAIR DISK ERRORS:
In addition to running disk Cleanup and disk defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the file stored in your hard disk by running the error checking utility.
As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors which can slow down the hard disk performance and sometimes makes data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible.
The Error check utility scans the hard disk for bad sectors and scans file system Error to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced. If you use your computer daily it is recommended to that you run this utility once a week to help prevent data lost.

To Run The Error Check Utility:
1. Close all open files

2. Click start, and then click my computer

3. In My Computer Window, right- click on the hard disk you want to check for bad sector, and then click properties

4. In the Properties dailog box, click the Tools tap

5. Click the “Check Now” button

6. In the Check Disk dailog box, select scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.

7. If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.

Tip: only select the “Automatically fix file system errors” check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.

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