Computers are electronic devices and they are not too affected by the mechanical wear and tear, especially if we use SSD, instead of the usual mechanical hard drive. Unfortunately, computers will eventually become slower and their loading time will become longer. Here are things we should do if we want to regain lost performance:
- Perform housekeeping tasks: This could take a while. After using the computer for a few years, we may have accumulated dozens of programs and thousands of files that we no longer use. In this case, we should use hard drive statistics tools and they can provide us with graphical representations on the amount of storage used for each folder and file. It doesn’t mean that we should delete our previous photo, family videos and music collections, but often we would find many things that we no longer need. At least, these files can go to Recycle Bin first and we should re-consider things that we want to keep. There should also be many programs that we no longer need and they could freeware that we tried months ago. We may have completed some games and we don’t have any intention to replay them. This should be very easy to do, we could click the Uninstall bottom and the whole process will be completed in a few minutes. Often these programs will leave some folders and files behind.
- Perform disk cleanup: Disk cleanup is a simple thing to do and we can clear our any temporary data. In Windows, we could type “disk cleanup” in the search bar at the Start button. The program should be shown on the result and we can click it. The tool should perform typical cleanup tasks, such as clearing out the Recycle Bin.
- Defragment hard drive: Disk defragmenter is another useful tool that we can use to speed up the performance of our computer. When files are added and removed, the whole arrangement can be in chaos. By defragmenting files, they will be arranged in a contiguous way. When looking for dozens of files needed to run a software, the needles don’t have to travel all across the hard drive platter to look for them. When related files are properly arranged close to one another, it will be much faster to open, edit and close them. In fact, it is possible for a large file to be stored in different components in the hard drive, which makes it more difficult to open it.
- Use and update antivirus software: A major proportion of viruses and malware are not intended to lock up our computer and freeze the operating system. It happened only during early personal computing days. Today, viruses are created to steal information and do other dubious things. As an example, some viruses make thousands computers to become like digital slaves and assign them to do specific tasks, such as breaking an important encryption code. When this happens, we could see that a percentage of our processor and memory resources are taken for an unknown task, especially when we are connected with the Internet.