How to Solve the Curse of the Slow Computer

There’s nothing more frustrating than a slow computer. It takes twenty minutes to turn on, and every time you open your email, it takes ten minutes to load. It would make anyone want to throw their computer out the window. Viruses could be the culprit, and in that case running a FixMeStick scan will solve it, but after using the FixMeStick, you might find it unchanged. So what’s next?

What else could be slowing down your computer?

  • A full hard drive of music, photos, movies, programs, and files
  • Missing updates to the operating system or specific programs
  • Programs running in the background
  • Accumulated temporary files
  • Changed settings on your browser
  • Corrupted or fragmented hard drive
  • An old computer

What can you do right now to speed up your computer?

1. Uninstall unused programs – there could be a lot of “mystery” programs on your computer. If you choose to uninstall some programs, ensure they are not necessary for Windows to run.

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 computers:
    • Click on “Programs” and open “Programs and Features” in Control Panel
    • Uninstall any programs you don’t use
  • Windows XP computers:
    • Click on “Add or Remove Programs” in Control Panel

2. Limit the amount of startup programs – not all of the programs that are running during startup are needed.

  • Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 computers:
    • Go to Task Manager by clicking  CTRL + ALT + DEL on your keyboard
    • Click on the startup tab to see all currently active programs
    • Disable startup programs that are running in the background
  • Windows Vista and 7 computers:
    • Type “Misconfig.exe” in the search bar
    • A window with “System Configuration” will appear
    • In the startup tab, disable any programs that are running in the background

3. Update software frequently – update Windows regularly to fix any problems in the operating system. This will happen automatically when you shutdown your computer. If you missed an update, in Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 you can access them through the Start Menu:

  • Open Settings, click on “Updates and Security”
  • Click “Check for Updates”

4.  Clean up your hard drive – disk clean-up will remove temporary and unnecessary system files and empty the recycle bins. There could also be errors on your hard drive that need to be corrected.

5. Clean out your browser – many viruses can change settings within your browser, and even after a FixMeStick scan, pop-ups could still make their way through to slow down your computer. Make sure you remove all the virus settings from your browser by following these steps.

6. Cut back on visual effects – newer versions of Windows often have a lot of style and animation, which can slow down performance, especially on older computers.

  • Limit animation on Windows 10:
    • Go to the “start menu” and search “advanced system settings”
    • Click on the advanced tab
    • Click on “settings”, below a box labelled performance
    • A window with a list of visual effects will appear – uncheck any that you think are questionable. There is also the option to “adjust for best performance” that will prioritize performance over appearance.

7. For everything else, run System Mechanic!

  • Restores your PC’s speed and performance by removing clutter easily
  • Improves speed by adjusting apps to unleash more speed
  • Optimizes startup by removing startup bottlenecks
  • Repairs registry to help programs run smoothly
  • Unlocks trapped RAM when you need it most
  • Improves operating system settings to make browsing and gaming smoother
  • Increase system stability
  • Works exclusively on all your home PCs

Like your car, your PC requires regular maintenance to prevent slowdowns, crashes and even potential system failures. Together with FixMeStick, make sure your computer is clean and optimized to perform at peak performance.