Slow Computer – how to speed yours up.

If your windows computer is running slowly there are a few things you can do to speed it up. These are all for Windows 10 but it’s a similar idea for older versions of Windows.

  1. See what’s running.
    Open Task Manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL and choose Task Manager).
    Choose the Startup tab.
    If you see programs here you don’t use at all you can uninstall them (see below) or if there are some background programs you don’t use often you can disable them starting up automatically.
    Highlight the program and choose Disable.
  2. Uninstall old programs
    Click on Start and click on the settings (gear) icon.
    Choose Apps and Features and look for applications you installed but don’t use. Click on it and choose uninstall.
    You may find some games that came with your computer, if you don’t use these feel free to remove them.
    There may also be ones you don’t recognize, these can be part of Windows so leave them alone for now.
  3. Remove malware
    I really recommend Malware Bytes. They have a free version at www.malwarebytes.com.
    Download and install it and run a scan. Follow the instructions to remove any malware on your computer.

That should be a good start, if your computer is still running slowly, give us a call or drop us an email and see if we can help.