Everyone that has a PC remembers how it “used” to run back when it was new. Then slowly but surely over time, it seems to get progressively slower, and slower, and then many times it will actually start crashing by freezing up, or going to a blue screen (sometimes referred to the blue screen of death), or it crashes to the point where it either won’t even power up or you get a black screen with system errors and cannot even log into Windows.

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Do not fret there are solutions to this problem that are much more tranquil and cost-effective. First, you should understand why your computer is running slowly.

When you purchase your computer it is generally a pretty stripped down machine, pre-loaded with an operating system (e.g. Windows XP, Windows Vista, or more commonly now, Windows 7), and possibly some other smaller software applications like Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash Player, some sort of media player, possibly some variation of MS Office (e.g. MS Word, Power Point, Outlook, Excel, Access, etc.) in a trial version format and likewise with a security software trial version (e.g. McAfee, Norton, AVG, etc.)

These software applications then expand once you purchase the full version, and then install your printer software, then your iTunes, games, etc. All requiring hard drive disk space, and many of which will actually now start running when your system boots up along with Windows, causing them to run in the background which will chew up more and more of your RAM (random access memory) and processor resources – which are essentially the two primary components within a PC that will speed up or slow down a computer. Let us also not forget that over time, you will be downloading and installing updates to your software – especially your MS Windows updates, which will in turn take up more disk space and require more of your RAM and processor to manage this additional software – in turn hogging more and more of your computer’s resources just to run the PC instead of utilizing those resources to run the applications you are actively using.

So what to do about this??? There are many solutions out there. Some of the easy pointers I would like to share with you to keep your PC running optimally are:

  1. Run the Disk Cleanup about every 2 – 3 weeks on your computer, deleting old files and cooking which will help max the space on your hard drive
  2. Run the Disk Defragmenter right after running the Disk CeanUp (both these applications can be found in your System Tools folder within the Start menu
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  3. Purchase a registry cleaning software (ever see those ads on TV claiming how they will speed up your computer – well this is what they are selling, but they’ll charge you way more than double to have some guy in India download and install it on your PC for you – don’t waste your money), this software will not only clean out registry errors, but it will correct many other operating system errors and optimize your PC.                                                                                          ——–>>>

Now – in the case that your PC is infected with malware (malicious software), which encompasses any virus, spyware, malware, trojan horses, worms, etc. This will also slow down you PC and these must be removed to prevent permanent damage to the software layer of your PC (your operating system and software applications), and sometime they can even attack the hardware layer (your RAM chips, hard drive or even your motherboard). In this case, you will need to most likely run other anti-virus, anti-malware softwares on your PC other than the one you already have installed. Let’s face it, none of them are infallible, but we all ry to put our best foot forward when protecting our home and business networking, PC’s and data in general.

So what to do when you already paid for a security software, or have installed a free version of one of what your friend told you was the best, but you still are getting pop-ups, or your home page has changed, or now there is another Anti-Virus software now telling me that my computer is infected with virus – or one of about 1,000 other scenarios. well, first things first – do not login into your online banking until you have this resolved. Or any other financial or investment tool until you have this resolved. My advice is to take it to a professional computer repair shop like our Boston computer repair shop, or contact a computer repair company that has a lot of expertise in virus removal and in many cases this can be done remotely if you are able to still get online. When I say “still” it is because many times virus will begin attacking your computer’s applications and processes, one of which is your ability to get online.

However, if you wish to attempt this yourself, there are some good free tools out there such as ComboFix, MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware and free AVG. My one piece of advice is that if you don’t know what you are doing, then to take it to a professional computer repair services company that has been in business for years, carries insurance, and has a least a A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.

I hope this has been helpful :)

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