The performance of a computer declines over the years and you might be tempted to buy a replacement when it happens. However, there are a few easy procedures that cost no money and can be completed without any complex tools, directly from your desktop. Once the initial tune-up is done, you should plan on repeating this maintenance routine every three months if you are an average home computer user. In case of constant usage, the schedule should become more frequent but if the computer is used just a couple times in a week, you should employ these methods less often.
Uninstallation of Unimportant Programs
If there are any programs that are unused on your desktop, remove them so that the necessary ones can run with increased efficiency. Visit the Control Panel and choose the programs you want to delete and then hit the Uninstall button. If there is a program you are unsure about, let it be.
Remove Temporary Files
Each time you visit an Internet site, your computer stores certain data to ensure faster loading times in future. However, temporary files might accumulate over time and slow down the loading time for various applications. These files can be eradicated by simply opening My Computer and then going to the C: drive properties. Choose the Disk Cleanup option and then choose All Users. Disk Cleanup will calculate the amount of free space that can be freed up. If certain files must remain, leave the respective boxes unchecked. Do not press the Okay button yet. Open the More Options tab and then follow the below procedure.
Removing Old System Restore Files
You should remove old system restore points to free more disk space. Make sure to keep the most recent one. When you hit Clean Up, be prepared to wait as the process can take some time, ranging from almost half an hour to more than that if you have not cleaned up your system in a while.
Defragging Your System
Data in your computer gets stored in disk blocks. New files are added and old files are deleted all the time. If a particular files fails to get stored in adjacent blocks, fragmentation occurs. This slows down programs and defragging is an effective method to remove empty blocks so that files can be put back together more quickly. In the Properties window of your computer, go to the Tools option and choose Defragment Now.
Removal of Spyware and Viruses
You should install security software and check your system for worms, spyware and viruses which can cause harm to your computer and compromise the privacy settings.