After doing spreadsheets all day, sometimes all you want to do is shoot up a few bad guys in GTA or burn up some rubber in Need for Speed. However, this can quickly become a disappointment if you are working on a slow computer. This shows as staggering graphics like watching a movie from a scratched DVD. The audio could become loops too. This is a frustrating experience which points to a computer with lower than expected specs. Besides upgrading your hardware, there are some few things you can do.
Malware is a lead suspect in making a computer slow. Malware stands for all applications (software) on the PC that act in a harmful way. This could be stealing data, popping up unwanted ads, or using your computer to attack others. The best way to clean out malware is by installing the latest anti-malware software available. It should feature an antivirus and a malware scanner if your computer is connected to the internet. There are many free applications that are good but for the best updates, a paid application is better.
If you are fond of downloading and installing software from the web, your computer is likely to have many unwanted programs that install as bundled software. This is mostly for marketing purposes. Go to your computer’s control panel and look at the programs list. If there is any unfamiliar program, uninstall it. However, be careful not to uninstall critical operating system files.
If you are running a game that has high definition graphics it places a huge demand on the computer’s memory share. If there are other programs running, the insufficient memory slows down the game. Close down other programs when gaming. You won’t be working on them anyway.
Fix the disk
Your computer’s disk will develop errors and bad sectors over time as you install and uninstall different programs. Checking and fix these problems by running a CHKDSK command. Your disk will also disperse data over different sectors such that it takes a longer time to locate. This can be fixed by using the defragmenting tool so that all data is placed in a consolidated manner.
Wipe the disk
Just like an old engine needs engine oil overhaul from time to time to refresh its power output, so does your PC need a fresh installation of the operating system periodically. This helps wipe malware, fix data errors on the disk and fix missing OS file systems.
After having done all the above, there is no other recourse than to upgrade your hardware. Buy a bigger memory and a faster CPU.