The most common reason for a slow computer system is software you don’t want on your computer using up all your processing power. These programs, called malware, spyware, or viruses, can download and run without your knowledge, in the background of your computer’s normal operation. To improve your computer performance, regularly scan for these unwanted programs using a malware removal tool such as Microsoft’s Malware Scan, or another online scanner. Removing excessive malware from a computer can be daunting and may take a long time. We offer quick and easy malware removal and PC cleanup, and we can do this process for you.
But before you call for professional help, try some self-checks first.
- Spyware & Viruses (Malware). This is the most frequent culprit of slow computers. Verify that your antivirus and antispyware is up to date and running properly; and scan regularly. Note that some viruses require manual removal techniques and involve considerable effort and expertise. If this seems daunting, bring it in! We offer a basic virus/spyware cleanup that is very affordable.
- Excess Data. Clean up excess files. Run the Disk Cleanup tool located in Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools
- Data Fragmentation. Defragment your hard disk drive. After years of use, files are broken into many pieces and spread all across your hard drive degrading performance. Try out Defraggler, a free tool by the creators of CCleaner.
- Memory (RAM). Upgrading your memory can be one of the quickest ways to increase the speed of your computer. Years ago 256MB-512MB of RAM was more than enough for Windows XP to run well. Unfortunately, as Windows XP service packs and fixes are released and additional programs installed and upgraded, the amount of memory required is now considerably larger causing your computer to outgrow it’s memory.
We recommend no less than 1GB of RAM and preferably 2GB, for Windows XP, and twice that for later versions of Windows. To find out how much memory you have right click on My Computer (or Computer) and choose properties. There you’ll see the amount of RAM listed. If you have less than 1GB (1,000MB) of RAM you should consider upgrading your RAM. The cost of adding 1GB of RAM is dependent upon the RAM type required by your system but can be as low as $35 and seldom exceeds $75.