Have you noticed your computer running more slowly than usual? Has it been exhibiting unusual behavior that is not attributed to a virus or malware?
Note: When your computer is running unusually slow or is behaving strangely, running a virus and malware scan is always a good first step. Find information on virus/malware removal.
Disable Startup Items
By default, many programs will automatically turn on when Windows starts. Shutting off unnecessary programs that turn on when you boot up the computer can significantly improve performance. Follow the steps below and disable all programs you do not need to start with the computer. If you are unsure of what a program is, please contact us or leave the program enabled. Turning off necessary programs can cause more issues. Read more about disabling startup items.
Windows updates keep your software up to date and provide the most efficient version of software on your computer. Normally, your computer will do this automatically but if you are experiencing any issue with your computer, we always suggest checking for updates as the first step. Read more about installing Windows Updates.
Defrag Your Hard Drive
Windows can automatically defragment your hard drive for you when scheduled to do so. If the last run date is over a few weeks old, we strongly recommend using the Analyze option and then Optimize if needed. Read more about defragmenting your hard drive.
Uninstall Unused Programs
Removing unused and not necessary programs can create more space and speed up your computer. Follow the below steps to successfully remove any programs you no longer are needing. Read more about uninstalling unused programs.
Clear Cache and Cookies
Not only will clearing your Cache and Cookies speed up your internet browser but it often fixes most display issues found when browsing the internet. Follow these steps whenever you start to have issues browsing the internet.