How to Improve Computer Speed

By Techwalla Contributor

Increase The Speed Of Your Computer Easily

Step 1

Remove spyware and adware from your system. Have you noticed recently that ads seem to pop up whenever you go to a Web page? Or that Internet speeds are about that of diseased livestock? Your system's probably chock full of spyware. What to do? Well, thankfully there are several things you can do. First, download either Spybot-S&D or Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, and run it. This should remove most if not all of the spyware and adware on your system.

Step 2

Defragment your hard drive with the disk defragmentation tool, usually located in Start / Programs / Accessories / System Tools. This useful little program will improve performance by compacting your data so that your programs aren't all located in tiny little bits. Some people might argue this point, saying that defragmentation doesn't actually improve anything, but look at it this way: it never hurts at worst, and at best has a chance of improving your runtime!

Step 3

4.Remove dust. Buy some cans of compressed air (yes I'm aware of the irony of purchasing a can of air. No, I do not wish to purchase any bridges today). Using this compressed air, blow the dust out of your system. That dust does your CPU no favors and a thick, liberal coating of dust tends to collect when you leave your computer running in a dirty room.

Step 4

Clean your registry. CCleaner is a good registry fixer that'll fix all those broken things in your registry. By the way, don't go mucking about in the registry without backing it up first. If you do not do this, then I cannot be legally responsible for any time rifts, space distortions, or world wars caused by unexpected changes made by CCleaner. That said, properly done, a registry change often helps in improving performance. Also check your startup programs: there are programs that are set to start as soon as Windoze boots, and this can cause Windoze to start up slower. Removing a few (AIM is a good one) might improve your startup process.