One problem clients always contact me about is how slow their computer is running compared to when they first bought it. This is a common problem and can be for multiple reasons. The computer could be loaded down with software that is set to “load on bootup” which makes the CPU do more work and use more RAM. It could be infected with viruses or adware/spyware which ends up making the computer run slower. It could also be other components in the system, such as an old hard drive or some other failing piece of hardware. I’ll touch on some of these ideas in future posts.
There is, however, one thing you can do right away that is essentially painless and very easy: run CCleaner. CCleaner is a freely available application which removes old files that sit around your computer that you no longer need and are just taking up space. Some of these files include old cookies left behind from web surfing, temporary files from various browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.
In addition to just removing old abandoned files you can also scan and repair some registry problems. The registry is the heart of the Windows operating system. All of the critical information Windows needs to run is stored in the registry as well as some of your application data. CCleaner can detect and correct some known registry issues that appear over time on a well used computer.
More information about CCleaner can be found here as well as the link to download it.
* For good measure — don’t forget to make backup copies of your registry when CCleaner prompts you to do so! *