Are you experiencing seemingly interminable program loading times or does your screen freeze and become unresponsive frequently? Have you witnessed your laptop or computer system gradually slow down over a period of time? Then you are facing system performance issues which are almost inevitable in older laptops, irrespective of the brand or the operating system of your device.
Before you make up your mind to invest in a new laptop or call up a laptop repair technician, we would advise you to try out these few simple & handy tricks to speed up your laptop.
Tips To Speed Up Your Laptop
Defragment’ Your HDD
A relatively unknown aspect of device storage is that the individual files on your HDD (Hard Disk Drive) are not all stored in one place. This phenomenon is referred to as ‘fragmentation’ by professionals who provide IT services. Therefore, while locating these files your system has to thoroughly search several areas of your system; and thereby experiences excess load which naturally decreases its performance speed.
To improve your system’s performance, you may have to ‘defragment’ your HDD; which essentially refers to collating or reorganizing fragments of those individual files. You can always come to us for assistance if it feels too advanced to carry out defragmentation. At ASK Computers, we’d be happy to assist and look into the laptop performance for you helping you boost its performance.
Inspect and Remove Malware
Downloading software, video, or audio files, visiting untrustworthy websites, or clicking on non-verified links can result in harmful programs and software insidiously attacking your system. These programs are referred to as ‘malware’ and they can significantly alter as well as slow down your device’s performance. The best way to safeguard your device against this threat is to adopt a proactive approach by installing a reputed anti-malware or antivirus program such as Avira’s free tool or Norton or McAfee’s paid antivirus program.
However, in extreme cases malware can also inflict long-term damage on your device, and then a thorough laptop repair procedure by reputed specialists, such as ASK Computers, might be your only resort.
Stop Programs that Run by Default on Startup
Certain programs run as soon as you start up your device and this phenomenon creates an unnecessary amount of load on your system and these programs also use up a significant amount of your RAM. To prevent these programs from running on startup, you can navigate to your laptop’s ‘Task Manager’ feature and then click on the ‘Startup’ tab where you can see which programs have permission to run on startup and you can revoke the same by clicking on ‘Disable’.
Kindly note that it is important to keep certain software such as antivirus and malware protection programs running to ensure your device’s safety, so do not disable these.
Perform a Disk Cleanup Operation
Running a disk cleanup procedure can help you get rid of cache data and junk files as well as obsolete system-created files which are just eating up your device’s memory. If you are using a Windows device, then you can open up the disk cleanup window on your device by opening up Control Panel, clicking on the System and Security tab, and subsequently navigating to Administrative Tools and clicking on Disk Cleanup. Select the files you wish to remove and click the OK option to confirm their deletion.
ASK Computers is Here to Fix Your Slow Laptop
Here at ASK Computers, our dedicated team of technicians is adept at carrying out extensive and challenging laptop repairs in Toronto and also provides a comprehensive range of other IT services.
Get in touch with us for an effective consultation by one of our proven specialists.