4 Ways to Speed Up your Computer

Updated on: by Miranda Grimm

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Having a reliable computer and speedy internet connection is of extreme importance when working online! If you feel your computer needs to be working a faster to keep up with your demand- then try these four ways to increase your speed!

 

1. Antivirus Software

It is of critical importance that you have antivirus software on your computer! However, many of these programs take so long checking files that it slows down your computer speed!  I have had many conversations with computer gurus and here are the top two FREE programs recommended:

1. Avast– I have personally been using the Free version of Avast on my computer for over 5 years and have recently added it to my smartphone. It has done an excellent job! Even with all the research I do on ‘iffy’ companies- I have remained secure. Check it Out Here

2. AVG offers a free version of their antivirus software to increase your internet security. AVG also offers to scan your computer for any issues and help you  tune up your PC for optimum performance. Check it Out Here


2. Is your Router and Computer Up to Date?

If you use a laptop and connect to the internet wirelessly using a router then be sure to check for software updates! Many people have no idea that their routers have to be updated as there often is no alert or notice. Check for writing on the router itself for any log in and website information to update. Having a router that needs updated can cause your internet connection to slow down and even time out.

Your computer also has updates that must be done. Many of you have your computers already set to automatically run Windows and other software updates. However, if you are unsure then do a little Google search and see how to check for updates. This is important to not only the speed of your computer but also your security.

 

3. Free up Some Space!

Clean up that computer! Go through your files and delete any unnecessary images, music, videos etc. Anything that you want to keep should be backed up onto either a disc or online in a ‘cloud’.

2 companies currently offering free cloud space for your computer files:

  • MiMedia-Get a Free 7GB account to backup your online digital life: photos, videos, music, documents and more! Click Here
  • SugarSync – Free 5GB – Access all your data. Anytime. Anywhere. SugarSync is instant and secure online file sync and backup for your PC, Mac, or Mobile Device. Click Here

Another way to free up some space on your computer is to go through your programs and delete anything you know you will never use. Just be sure you don’t delete anything that you don’t know what it is. (it may be pretty important)

 

4. Look at your Internet Speed

Check out your internet speed at SpeedTest.net and see if it is coming close to what you are paying for. If it is not, I would suggest you contact your internet provider and see if anything can be checked to help ensure your internet connection is speedy. If you are getting the speed you are paying for, but your internet still seems slow, check out some of the other plans the internet provider offers.  You may be able to drastically speed up your internet speed with only a few more dollars a month.

 

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Katie Jones

June 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Was I the inspiration behind this blog post? LOL 😛

Miranda Grimm

June 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

LOL, You know this was actually already half way written. It is funny because as I was working on this one, I helped you and Anna both with things I was already writing about!

Sometimes the Lord just knows what is needed 🙂

PC Doc

June 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

These are good things to do but really wont do much for speed increase such as Virtual memory Increase turning of auto proxy Windows Prefetch and Temp flush and other speed up things like that, biggest thing would be flushing system restore.

Just some useful add ons to your post

Miranda Grimm

June 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Much Appreciated PC Doc!

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June 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

Thank you so much for this tips! Having a fast running computer can be a great time saver for those of us who work at home. 🙂

Leisa Good

June 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

The Lord DOES know what is best, Miranda. How timely of you to write this!

Haven’t heard of SugarSync though.

I am speeding up my computer today with my additional full computer scans that I use (Avast, Malwarebytes, etc.). Then I am unplugging my modem to the PC and rebooting. Nice to know that I am not the only one in “Turtle-ville” today with my computer, but it won’t be long. I perform certain functions twice a day (fast scan with Avast, clearing cache and CC Cleaner) for my computer and other functions once a week (full scan with Malwarebytes, full scan with Avast, defrag and utility cleaner for Microsoft).

SpeedTest.net is excellent. Love it.

I use Carbonite as my backup and it backs up several times a day and automatically. Nothing additional to do. It is a little “noisy” backing up on the PC though, but I am very happy with the service.

Still customizing my new laptop, so I might have another comment altogether on that one! 😉

Erica

June 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Great article! I use speedtest.net regularly to check my speed – have never heard of those two file storage sites though, will have to check them out!