How To Speed Up Your PC

By Dan Ballard, in , posted: 30-Mar-2010 00:04

Lets set the scene, your old XP machine that you have been running for the last 4-5 years has gotten old and it is now time to upgrade.  You have saved up and now you decide to purchase brand new Windows 7 PC.  You wisely decided to skip the whole Vista episode and you are looking forward to a speedier machine to work with. You take your brand new machine out of the box and boot it up with a smile on your face like it is Christmas and what the… What is all this?  Your brand new PC has been filled up with software that you did not ask for slowing down that dual core processor that promised to speed your PC up.
Welcome to the world of bloatware, essentially what happens is these third party software companies pay computer manufacturers to pre load their PC’s with software which actually make your PC a bit cheaper than what it would be in the first place.  So it is a blessing in disguise.  All the manufacturers are guilty of this Acer, Compaq, HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and Gateway and even Mac.
Some of the most common bloatware programs include preloaded anti-virus programs, some have said that these anti virus programs are in fact worst than viruses as they are difficult to remove and become a burden on your system, at times slowing your PC’s to such a painfully slow grind that the PC becomes useless to use.  However at CyberHub we would recommend installing a lightweight anti-virus rather than running one of these preloaded anti-virus programs which seem intent on slowing your PC down.
Here are three free programs you can use to remove these unwanted programs and speed your PC up.
The PC Decrapifier
This is a great free program that automates the un-installation process.
1-      Simply download from http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/download
2-      Choose what programs to remove, if you click on the “What it Removes” menu item on the pcdecrapifier website, it will give you a list of bloatware that you can safely remove from your system without any adverse effects.
3-      Start the un-installation process, other than clicking confirmation requests the whole process is automated which makes it a much quicker than removing one by one.
Nortons Removal Tool
If you accidently installed Nortons the above un-installation process won’t work for you, so you will have to download a program that is specifically designed to remove Norton anti virus.  You can get it from the Nortons website although there is a list of about 8 versions of Nortons, it has been my experience that Nortons is not very good at telling you what version of Nortons you are running, so choose one that you think sounds right and download it, run it, follow the prompts and that normally does the job.  After you have removed Nortons it is really important to find another light weight anti-virus to protect your PC, make sure you install something and don’t leave your PC without protection.
CCleaner
CCleaner is a great program which does four things. 1, It cleans up most of the temporary files on your PC freeing up space 2, It enables you to uninstall programs 3, It easily enables you to stop programs from loading on your PC from start-up 4, it enables you to clean up the computers registry after uninstalling all those programs.  You can download from the CCleaner link
Now that you have done run these two or three programs you will find that your PC has more free space and should run noticeably faster, the way it should be when you purchased it.
Please Note: If you chose to run these programs you do so at your own risk and CyberHub is in no way affiliates with these programs or brands.  I have simply used these programs and they have done a great job.  Also you have the opportunity to donate to the creators of these free programs, so if you have gotten some value out of them you may want to consider donating $5 to the creators.
Dan Ballard
Managing Director
CyberHub – IT Made Simple


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Comment by freitasm, on 30-Mar-2010 10:06

Also it should be noted memory is an important piece of the puzzle. The more, the better. No new PC should come with less than 2GB these days - anything less and you risk having very frustrating days ahead. Ideally you should get it with at least 4GB RAM.

Also, seeing most of the hardware sold today supports 64 bit, you should opt for a 64 bit OS. If using Windows 7 make sure it's a 64 bit version. That's because Windows 32 bit can only really address up to 3GB RAM - regardless of how much more you have installed on your PC. Windows 64 bit can address a lot more than that and it should be the default choice. Most new hardware comes with appropriate drivers as well, so not a big problem running 64 bit anymore.


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Dan Ballard
Auckland
New Zealand


Regular advice for business owners about their IT.