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TJ McCue served as Technology/Product Review Editor for Small Business Trends for many years and now contributes on 3D technologies. He is currently traveling the USA on the 3DRV roadtrip and writes at the Refine Digital blog.
Great tips, TJ.
I forgot about a few of them, and I’m implementing your ideas right now.
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Thanks Joel! I can’t stand a slow machine!!
Let’s see what happens!
Hi TJ McCue.
About number 10. How about adding, that you don’t need to defrag a SSD drive?
Hi Kenneth, I guess I don’t follow you. For the most part, I’m talking about standard drives throughout the piece, not SSDs. But in #12, I say that you could upgrade to an SSD and I realize now I’m a bit unclear on that point. I said that I wish there was an easy way to convert — what I meant to say is that you could swap a standard hard drive out and replace it with an SSD, but haven’t seen any one size fits all options. But you are definitely right! — no need to defrag a solid state drive.
With my focus on #10, I missed #12 – sorry.
This is really really useful, TJ. I didn’t know about Microsoft Fix It, so will be looking into that. I’ve also been meaning to have a run through my programs and see which ones I no longer use and need, so thanks for the reminder.
For the browser clean, how many days back do you recommend?
The speed of your computer can greatly affect your work pace. I hate it when my computer starts hanging on me and it takes longer to load a page. I have to ‘tune up’ everything on a regular basis to make sure that it is working in top shape.
No baby it is not good
Its true Chrome is faster, however the memory usage is pretty phenomenal and can have an effect on other processes. i.e sloooow them down. Chrome is a better option though.
Hi Al, you are right. It can be a pig in some ways, too. For example, open up a bunch of tabs and see how efficient/fast Chrome is…. Not. Thanks for pointing it out.
Interesting article. I forget about some of those tips which can be really helpfu. This has turned to be a good reminder!
Great tips – super helpful. Amateur hour is over and my computer is running faster than before.
Thank you very much !! I was getting desperate :-/
I also love the fact that your explanations are very clear 🙂
Thank you again !
thanks a lot for the tips. But I still have a problem, my computer has properties of 2GHtz, 2Gb RAM but it’s really slow. I don’t know, is it right to match the Ram capacity with the processing speed?
Your RAM is REALLY REALLY small. You should get more. Try upgrading it.
thanks for the great tips tj
To increase the speed and performance of the computer, I used to clean the corrupt registry files and defrag the drive as well. Also uninstalling the unnecessary software and increasing the RAM also helps to speed up the slow PC.
I have an Asus laptop Win 8.1po with almost nothing on it – I use it for basic internet use only. I pay for 50/50 internet speeds but getting 22/30 speeds. I have Kaspersky and full scans find no issues. I use Firefox but will try Chrome to see if it’s different.
super, my laptop has speeded considerably
thanks a lot and your explanation is awesome
Thank you, I will try it now.
So, I just bought a new computer and could have sworn that the box said it was a 2.4 GHz processor speed, but when I pull up the CTL+ALT+DEL and hit Task Manager, click to the Performance tab, it shows the “max speed” at 1.5 GHz….? Was I mislead by the box, or did I just read something incorrectly? I am needing a minimum of 2.0 GHz processor speed for a job that I will be starting and need to know the best options for making this possible if it is. Please help!
Thanks for the list of amazing tips, I used some of them on my laptop and instantly observed the improvement in its performance.
TJ: A little later than other replies — thanks a million for the tips!
Question: Did earlier versions of Comodo Cleanup Essentials auto-execute, or did they require Comodo web-site intervention and Remote Access using the “Geek Buddy” Icon? Seems harder than it has to be to get it running.
Asking b/c I downloaded the zipped CCE file from the Comodo site, then executed the “CCE” file, which required unzipping other files. Tried to execute the CCE file again per the Comodo website, as well as the auto-run file, but nothing happened. Elected the “Chat” feature on the website and it launched the following session (between quotes):
We are connecting you to a support technician. Type your issue or your invitation code below.
just downloaded/saved CCE, clicked on CCE in the zip and extracted files, then double-clicked on CCE to run, and nothing happens.
You are now chatting with `Xavier`.
Welcome to COMODO GeekBuddy free computer diagnostic service. I am Xavier, your personal computer geek. I can definitely help you with any issues you may be facing and assist you in keeping your PC safe, protected, and maintained.
Thanks Xavier – what’s the next step to get CCE running once I’ve downloaded it to my hard drive?
I see that you are unable to run the Comodo Cleaning Essentials , I will help you with it.
Are you a live person or a machine?
I am an human.
May I know the reason why are you trying to run the CCE is your computer is infected ?
CCE was recommended to scan for viruses. I do not have a current infection, that I know of, but want to be sure.
We can help you to run CCE but in order to do that you need to connect with us using the Geek buddy application.
Do you have an icon says geek buddy on your computer ?
Please contact us using that geek buddy application we will help you to run the Comodo Cleaning Essentials .
Is there anything else that I can help you with?
will executing that button send me to messaging or email, or will it launch a remote access session request?
It is a chat program once you are connected we will take remote access and help you to run the Comodo Cleaning Essentials.
Do not have the time now, but thanks for the effort. Happy Holidays.
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My system working very slow
please solve this problem
Processor : i3 – 3220 (3.30GHz)
Ram : 4GB (DDR3)
Motherboard : ASUSTeK P8H61-M LX3 R2.0
Hard disk : 1 TB
Nice post. The tips you mentioned is very good to speed up the system.
I use i3 processor with 2 GB RAM. My system works well but, at the when I use internet it goes slow down and some time get hang, please can you help me for that.
clear cookies and cache memory in the internet browser. you can find this option in browser setting
Is it true that Norton 360 with back-up takes care of all the physical stuff such as eliminating malware and the like, pc cleanup etc?
Hey, nice tricks I got one other problem I’m using pentium dual core with 2gb RAM,everything works fine except when I play video it works for a couple of minutes and then freezes.
In addition to these great tips, allow me to suggest one more. In control panel go to Power Options. By default Recommended is selected. Click on High Performance. You will notice right below it says “Favors performance, but may use more energy.” Laptop users running on battery will have to decide if the trade off between performance and battery usage is worth it. But if you are using the A/C adapter, enjoy your performance boost.
Actually I’ve been searching for useful and easy ways to speed my PC up for a long time and luckily I find this post. The above methods I will try one by one and hope they will work. Thanks anyway!
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“Along with preventing every app on your computer from starting with Windows, you should also review which programs you no longer need and remove them.”
How do I know which apps to prevent at start-up? How can I determine which programs I no longer need and which I might need? Some names are vague and confusing.
My brother has been thinking about making his computer faster by getting a new system. Making sure that the system can come from a professional could be really useful. I liked what you said about how he should remove viruses and spyware by scanning for them.
this is so much useful for me