Have you ever wondered why your PC is so slow? Or why it crashes so often? If you have, you may want to take action before you lose your data. Despite the fact that today’s operating systems are very advanced, they require some degree of maintenance. Don’t worry, you won’t have to learn binary to give your computer a little speed-up.
What may be the causes?
There are a few factors that cause problems over time. Three of the most common causes are:
-glitches in the registry
Your computer stores a lot of data. Over time, it forgets about some of it and leaves it behind. These are usually useless temporary and backup files, unused shortcuts, Windows log files etc. All these can take up a lot of necessary hard drive space and can slow your PC down. They have absolutely no function at all and can be deleted.
The hard disk stores files according to their importance, size and how frequently they are used. After a longer period of usage, the hard disk becomes fragmented. It means that the files are no longer stored systematically. Consequently, it becomes more difficult for the hard drive to find certain files, slowing your PC down. You can take care of this by defragmenting the HDD. This can be done easily with a specialized software.
The registry is a complicated system of crucial information. The registry stores the commands regarding all the software you use. Again, the PC never does a perfect job and sometimes forgets about an entry or makes errors. If you run a registry cleaner right after installing a fresh copy of Windows XP, it will find dozens of registry problems right away. Imagine what happens after months of use without cleaning your registry. The registry is indeed a very important part of your operating system and needs proper maintenance. Not taking care of it can lead to fatal errors and BSODs (Blue Screen of Death). Additionally, the registry becomes fragmented over time (the same way as the HDD) and needs to be defragmented regularly.
How can you take care of these problems?
There is a lot of user-friendly software you can either buy or download for free. They are usually very simple and easy to use. One of the best freeware options is the CCleaner. It is simple, quick and free. It can clean up unnecessary files, repair the registry, uninstall programs or manage the startup. The same company developed a free software called Defraggler for the HDD defragmentation.
If you’d like to use a complex, professional software, TuneUp Utilities is great. However, it is not free. It can delete unnecessary files, clean the registry, defragment the HDD, speed up your internet connection and a lot more. One of its best features is the 1-Click Maintenance. The name is self-explanatory, it takes care of everything with just one click.
Lastly, you shouldn’t forget about online security. Always use a proper firewall and an antivirus software to protect yourself from viruses. They can remain in your computer unnoticed and cause a plethora of problems.