There are several ways to improve the performance of your computer. Many of these are simple as rebooting your computer occasionally or installing a program and allowing it to run a scan.
Step 1: Scan for and Remove any infections:
Step 2: Remove Unnecessary Programs
- Uninstall any programs that you know aren’t needed. Such as old versions of programs you no longer require. If you aren’t sure what a certain program is for, then it is best to look it up online, or not remove it.
- Remove temporary virus scan tools that sometimes automatically install with web browsers. E.g. Norton security tool, McAfee security scan.
- Remove any toolbars that you don’t actually use. E.g. MSN toolbar, Yahoo toolbar, Ask toolbar, babylon toolbar.
Step 3: Install Windows Updates
- Install Windows updates. Reboot your computer if required.
- When updates complete, then check for more updates.
- Repeat until no updates are left to install.
Step 4: Update any other programs that you can. Adobe Reader/Acrobat updates, Firefox, Adobe Flash player, etc.
- Often these programs notify you that there are updates available, or you can just open the program, look under the help menu and select “Check for update”
Step 5: Run a clean up utility:
- Download and install the cCleaner program
- Use the default settings except: deselect cookies, history, recently typed urls, recent documents, and Taskbar Jump lists.
- Then click applications tab, and deselect anything you wish to save. Such as Firefox internet history or MS office document history.
- Click “Run Cleaner”
- Run the ccleaner registry cleanup.
- Click Registry on the left side,
- Choose everything except missing Shared Dll, and Active X Issues
- Click the scan for Issues button
- Click Fix Selected Issues (you can make a backup file when it prompts you, or skip it)
- Download and Run SpeedyFox (http://www.crystalidea.com/speedyfox)
- Make sure to close your programs it lists before clicking the optimize button.
Step 6: Perform Windows Disk Cleanup:
- Run Disk Cleanup (found under Start/all programs/accessories/system tools)
- Select Drive C:
- wait for the analysis to complete
- select “cleanup system files” (if that option is available) and let it analyze further
- put a checkmark beside temporary files, dump files, windows updates, log files, internet files.
- click ok, let the cleanup finish
- reboot your computer and let the windows update cleanup complete
Step 7: Defragment your hard drive:
- Run Disk Defragmenter (all programs/accessories/system tools)
- Choose analyze to see how fragmented your drive is. (over 10% is bad)
- Click Defrag to fix the fragmentation.
- Check the schedule to have it defrag itself regularly.
Step 8: Perform a disc check:
- Follow the steps listed here