How do you feel about your PC’s performance?”
It’s a simple question, but not really one we’re usually asked in day to day conversation. In fact, if the topic even comes up at all, most people will instead ask you what type of system you’re running – and if you’re not running the latest and greatest, it’s automatically assumed that your computer’s performance is subpar. For the vast majority of us, conversations like these can be frustrating. How can something that used to run so well have declined so quickly? Sometimes in as little as a few months? And why is the solution always just to buy a new computer, when that computer will eventually just slow down too?
Fortunately, many PC performance issues can be remedied through the use of low-cost, high-output PC maintenance software.
1. Install an antivirus
If you’ve noticed a significant performance downgrade on your PC, one of the first things you should do is purchase a low-impact antivirus software, or an “anti-malware.” Viruses, adware, and malware are malicious computer programs designed to infect your computer with advertising programs or worse. In addition to using your computer’s resources to display annoying pop-up messages, viruses and malware can also be used for criminal purposes, such as identity theft or fraud. An effective antivirus, like Ad-Aware Personal Security can enhance system performance by removing active infections and preventing future infections as well. The best antivirus solutions protect users from all types of malware and are designed to have minimal impact on PC performance.
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2. Clean up registry
After installing a quality antivirus software, you should also take steps to clean up your computer’s registry. Your computer’s registry is like its master filing cabinet, and if it is disorganized it will lead to decreased system performance. Even the best computer’s registry will inevitably get cluttered over time, as today’s average Internet user inevitably encounters countless, unnecessary downloads – especially if they aren’t running a comprehensive antivirus as outlined in Step 1. Additionally, old documents and files that are no longer needed can cause errors and waste valuable hard drive space. Registry cleaning can be done manually, but only by advanced users. The simplest method is therefore to purchase and install a low-impact registry cleaning software, such as System Optimizer Pro. Of course, you could always ask a tech-savvy friend to clean your registry for you – but chances are they’ll probably just install a similar software, as manual deletion of obsolete files makes for one heck of a mundane task!
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3. Update your drivers
Once you’ve removed malware infections and reorganized your registry, the final step you should take to increase system performance is to update your drivers. Drivers are the software that allow your computer’s hardware and the devices connected to it to communicate and perform correctly. If you’re finding that your computer is having trouble working with an external device, such as a keyboard or a printer, or if your computer is having localized issues with a single component, such as its wireless adapter or graphics card, you probably just need to update your drivers. As with registry cleaning, this is again a task that can be performed manually, however it requires finding the correct drivers through a trusted source on the web – a complicated task that could expose you to malware and viruses. For this reason, it’s recommended that everyday computer users invest in a low cost driver management software, such as Driver Restore, which can identify outdated drivers and install new ones automatically.
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You don’t need to buy a new PC
So if you take the necessary precautions and conduct the necessary maintenance you probably don’t need to buy a new PC. Computer professionals often recommend doing so simply because it makes THEIR lives easier – not yours! Buying a new PC is considerably more expensive than repairing one that has not been properly maintained, and pretty much pointless if you don’t plan on maintaining the new one either! Computers are simply machines, and like any machine they require regular maintenance. Maintaining yours can ensure optimal performance for a number of years.