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How to Improve Your Computer's Performance (Windows)
First, be very, very careful. If you googled how to improve your computer or make it faster, you probably got many pages of suggestions and many of them are scams. Some even will put viruses or spyware on your computer.
After many years of trying different programs to improve my computer's performance, I have found a few things that really help. From time to time, I have been asked by friends for advice on how to improve their computers. Well, I've decided to put all of that advice into one article.
Before anything else, you'll want to know how to use your task manager.
This is what tells you what programs are running on your computer and how much of your computer's performance each is consuming. To bring up the TASK MANAGER, press the ctrl, the alt, and delete keys at the same time. Typically it will initially show what applications are running. What is more useful is the PROCESSES. Click the tab that says, PROCESSES. You should see a list of a bunch of weird file names with numbers by them, perhaps even fluctuating numbers. Now click the column that says CPU (In this case, cpu = computer processor usage). Now the numbers should really be fluctuating because it should be showing the top consuming processes along with how much "cpu" each is using. Look in the IMAGE NAME column to see the name of the process. Typically, the top two processes should be your browser (iexplore, firefox or such) and System Idle. If something else is at the top, there is probably a problem. Determine what process that is.
There are a couple reasons why it is important to know how to open and use your TASK MANAGER:
There are 3 really good FREE programs to have on your computer.
Make sure to also use the "Immunize" feature to stop spyware from downloading in the first place.
CCLEANER = http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
CCleaner also offers a defragger for FREE. It is good to once in a while "defrag" your computer. Defragging reorganizes your files so they are "closer together" so your computer doesn't take as long going from one file to another.
Lastly, you want to make sure you empty your "cache" or browsing history once in a while. When you visit webpages on the Internet, every picture you see is technically downloaded to your computer even if you don't tell it to. This can eat up a lot of your computer's performance. Google has some good official information on how to clear your cache, depending on which browser you are using. Check out: http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=32050
Well, I hope to hear this has helped.
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