Speed up your PC for free
My mother-in-law is not very good with technology. He understood that computers run the government and that the Internet is great for buying numbers on eBay, but that’s all. Like all son-in-law who were proficient in technology before me, I often became my in-laws for computer questions and repairs. So when he came to demand that I make his 1996 PC run faster, I knew he wanted me to use all my computer skills and superhuman powers to forcibly change his computer to a new millennium. By taking some very simple and unfamiliar cleaning steps, both my mother-in-law and I were very surprised to see a remarkable increase in performance. Want to do the same with your PC? Of course you are!
The first three steps are taken simply:
1. Run the Disk Cleanup Utility (Start–> Programs–> Accessories–> SystemTools)
2. Run the Defragmenter Tool (Start–> Programs–> Accessories–> SystemTools)
3. Scan the main disk to find errors (My Computer – click on the C drive -> Properties -> Tools Tab -> Check Now button under Error Checking)
The Disk Cleanup Utility must be clear in nature. Use it to delete pesky files that live on parts of your hard drive that have never been accessed. These files cause system overhead when searching or loading program data. The defragmenter tool is actually quite old, dating from the DOS era when most of the geeky things were done using an unforgiving command line that most home users were afraid of. Defragmenter sorts files on your drive to eliminate loopholes that occur naturally over time. The application seems to live conceptually in one place. But the reality is that the OS takes up part of the unused disk space which actually breaks the program continuation. Even thinking the OS knows where to find both halves of program code to run without errors, it takes more time to read instructions from all the different regions. Finally, use the Disc Scanner / Error checker to find possible weaknesses on the hard drive that slow down physical movement.
The next step requires software to detect spyware. After a long hard search I found that three anti-spyware programs seemed to work above all else. The first is a program known as Spyware Killer, or by the name of its retail product, Stopzilla. The program costs around $ 20 (at a discount) and is the most comprehensive of all the programs I use. Stopzilla found a program running in the background that I would never see for myself. The second program is called Spy Doctor. The initial scan was free, but I found that I had to buy the entire program to make it as effective as Stopzilla, and it cost around $ 30 and not $ 20. The last program I used was the Windows Anti-spyware package (beta edition). The Windows program runs well, but the beta edition is over and there are no immediate updates.
The last step that I need to take is to run the Registry Cleaner utility. The registry is a large database used by the Windows operating system to store information about how your machine should look, behave, and operate. Since my mother-in-law’s computer was almost 10 years old, the installation of countless programs made the registry swell, and consume resources. We found that Registry Mechanic, made by the same person who created the Spy Doctor program mentioned above, is the most popular application for the job. The program is easy to follow and the free trial edition is more than enough to smooth out wrinkles in the registry. In the end, we were able to double the performance of the PC at a price of more than $ 20.