How to speed up your computer

Tips on How to Speed up your Computer

Two or more anti-virus programs running at the same time

This really can slow down the speed of your machine. Only ever have one anti-virus program running automatically and have another couple that you choose to manually run about once a week or two.

Programs running in the background

You may not realise that your computer is running several different programs in the background when you are working on a particular application. A super-easy way to speed up your computer is to disable any programs that automatically start when you are booting your machine.

You will also need to check the programs that are running in the background to see if they have a setting activated that means that they run at startup.

Virus – any type of malware

These programs can significantly slow down a machine, or bring it to a standstill. To check for malware, run not one but two anti-malware programs and delete any malware that you might find. Remember, it is important to update your anti-virus software before running a scan. Some malware can be difficult to remove such as the Federal Police Virus. We have discovered now that this malware has gotten so clever that the only way to remove it is to take the hard disk out of your machine, put it in a second machine and run the scans this way.

It is noted that some anti-virus programs detect but don’t delete anti-virus programs, something you need to be aware of.

In the worst-case scenario, if you can’t remove the malware on your machine, you may need to reinstall the operating system.

Age of your computer

Over time new programs and updates have greater system requirements and if your computer is about five or more years old, it is going to be difficult to have the machine running at an acceptable rate. We have written a post on the pros and cons of repairing or replacing your computer and this should help you in deciding whether or not to purchase a new machine.


Out-of-date drivers also slow down a machine, you should consider getting up the latest drivers put into your computer, an old video driver, in particular, can create problems.

Memory upgrade

If you have an older machine – even just two years, you likely need to upgrade your memory on your computer. It is relatively inexpensive to upgrade the memory in your computer and it can significantly increase the speed of your machine. If you are not computer savvy you will probably need to take your computer to a computer repair business to have this one.

Free hard drive space

Over time the hard disk becomes overloaded with all the new programs and applications as well as upgrades that you install. If you have less than 200-500MB of free hard drive space this can be the cause of a computer running slow. You should delete any program files that you no longer use and the same applies to documents, photos and movies.

Windows indexing service

Likely, you don’t need this service and it slows down the performance of your computer. Windows indexes all your files to allow you to do a file search – generally, this service is hardly, if ever, used. If this is the case for you need to disable the Windows Indexing Service.

Check your hard drive

To determine if there is anything wrong with your hard disk drive, you should run a program such as Run SanDisk.

Also, it is a good idea to use Run Defrag to make sure your data is stored in the best possible way.


The speed and performance of your machine can be hampered by overheating. Our post on how to keep your machine free of dust (which causes overheating) may be of some interest to you.

Operating System

Whilst a lengthy process, sometimes the best way to speed up your machine is to reinstall the operating system and start afresh.

Hardware problems

If you have followed some or more of the tip and tricks on how to speed up your computer to no avail, your machine may have one or more hardware problem. You may find that you need to replace the CPU, the motherboard, the ran or even the hard drive. These are more expensive repairs but can still be cost-effective depending on the age of your computer and the nature of the fault. The only way for most users to determine what the problem is is to take the machine to a reputable computer repair business and have a diagnosis done on the computer.

How to speed up your computer

How to speed up your computer

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