Due to many reasons, PCs get slow over time. Here are a few things you can do to resolve the issue:

  • Start by removing any bloatware or crapware. To do this, open up Control Panel (not settings), go to Programs and Features, and Uninstall a program. Anything you didn’t personally install, don’t want, or no longer functions/is useful can be removed. Things such as Ask Toolbar and Mcafee Security Scan (Plus?) should¬†always be removed (unless you are paying for that copy of Mcafee) as they probably snuck in though a checkbox during some installer. Just because it was made by the company that sold you your PC doesn’t mean you should keep it – look at what it does. You don’t need that “HP Updater”, that “HP Connection Manager”, or those “HP Games”.
  • Install Unchecky to stop crapware from sneaking in later.
  • Run a scan with your antivirus (Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 and/or Windows Defender [automatically installed] for newer versions are both good and free examples) routinely (once every week).
  • Run a scan with your antimalware (Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a good example) routinely (once every week).
  • Run a scan with a non-free database every so often. ESET offers a free “one time” scan (works multiple times but you have to tell it to do so) here.
  • Run CCleaner every so often (do not defragment your HDD if you are on a SSD, but still run the cleanup function).
  • If you have a desktop, open the side panel and blow the dust out. If you have a laptop, this can be more difficult; have your local techie do this for you. You can get compressed air for doing this here.
  • Stop ignoring errors – if a program is throwing errors, that could be a sign of a deeper issue.

 

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