Slow Work Computer? Time for a Summer Clean

pulse-trace-healthy-pcWe’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but that doesn’t mean you can’t clean things up in the summer, too. If you’ve ever owned a car, you know how important it is to regularly service it. It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort, but it’s necessary to keep your car in tiptop shape. The same is true for computers, and especially true for computers you use for work. Work computers see an especially high amount of junk and can become sluggish and wheezy before their time. A little bit of love can not only make your computer run more smoothly, it can save you the hassle and time of finding a new computer that suits your business needs. Check out these tips below.

Remove Applications you Don’t Use Regularly

Yes, these even includes those pesky apps that came installed on your computer. There are tons of applications on a computer, and a lot of them you probably never even look at. Sure, keep Microsoft Word and Chrome, but there are plenty of applications that can probably head out the window. Some of these applications might even run in the background without you knowing it, so tossing them will free up RAM as well.

To do this efficiently, sort applications by the last time they were used. Any Windows version after XP has this feature, and it’s incredibly handy when you’re looking for things you’ve never used or only opened once on accident. You can access applications from the Control Panel.

Stop Applications from Booting When Windows Does

There are some applications you probably want to boot when Windows does, like your anti-virus or Skype. However, there are probably a number of cloud services and other applications that don’t really need to be active in the background the second your computer turns on. They use up your memory and cause an incredibly slow boot, any reputable it service company will tell you the same. Most applications have the option of booting them when Windows boots in their Settings menus. If you run Windows 8.1, you can tap the Search charm and select the startup tab to see what boots and what doesn’t…and then slowly ticking them off.

Web Browser Data

How often do you clean out your cookies? Believe it or not, simply cleaning out your cache on your browser can make your computer feel a whole lot more speedy. This is because you probably spend a lot of time on your web browser, and sometimes the slowness has less to do with your computer and more to do with the browser you are using. Simply open your browser, head into the settings, find your history and cache and clear it. Most browsers also have the option of clearing out the cache periodically, and if you forget to do it manually, this can be a great option for you.

If your computer is unnecessarily slow and you just can’t figure out what’s going on, don’t be afraid to find a professional in your area today to help you diagnose your machine.

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