8 tips to speed up your PC.
Over time, any computer tends to slow down a bit or get bogged down with unwanted files. Here is how you can use free apps to restore much of the lost storage & performance…
Find and remove duplicates
You may advertently end up copying the same files to different locations on the computer. This leads to clogging of precious hard drive space. Both Windows and MAC users can use the free Easy Duplicate Finder (easyduplicatefinder.com) — a lightweight and feature-rich program that does the job fast.
It lets you search various drives (including external storage such as flash drives and portable HDD) and generates reports of each scan. For photographers who want to find and remove duplicate photographs, a free program called Duplicate Photo Cleaner (duplicatephotocleaner.com) finds duplicates even if they were resized or edited.
Remove temporary files
Temporary files usually refer to browser files or those that get leftover when you install new applications. Ideally, they should be removed automatically by the respective program, but it doesn’t always happen.
As more and more temporary files clog up your computer, they eat up hard drive space and slow it down. Get the free CCleaner (piriform.com/ccleaner) which is available for both Windows and Mac. It makes short work of cleaning up your system’s temporary files. Mac users can also use OnyX (titanium.free.fr) which offers advanced cleaning options.
Remove unwanted shortcuts
Several programs also automatically place a shortcut on the desktop during installation. Windows XP comes with a desktop cleanup wizard that scans your desktop for unused icons and removes them. Windows Vista, 7 and 8 users can use Bad Shortcut Killer to remove unwanted shortcuts from the desktop and start menu.
Mac users usually do not need to defrag their drives because the OS automatically defrags files that are less than 20MB in size. (Note that if your computer uses flash-based storage, there is no need to defragment it)
It even lets you individually select the programs you want to remove from startup. MAC users can do the same by going to System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items and removing applications that you do not want to open automatically when you log in.
It scans your system registry for a number of common issues and fixes them instantly. It also makes a backup of any registry change so that if your system becomes unstable, it can be restored back to its original state.
You can also improve your PC’s boot up and shutdown time, delete files safely as well as uninstall programs. The ‘one click’ system maintenance mode is particularly useful — it scans various areas of your PC and fixes everything in the background without disturbing you.
Problems can be identified and fixed remotely by your friend and all you need is the software & a reliable broadband connection on both ends.