PC Repair Tips to Improve Performance
Over time Windows Personal Computers and Laptops need ongoing repair to keep them running smoothly. Why waste time and office productivity when you can proactively repair and maintain your PCs for optimal performance? Here are some tips you may try yourself or ask your IT Professional about for support.
Check your Anti-virus
Anti-virus programs are designed to protect your PC from security threats that can destroy your important data. Some anti-virus programs have stringent security settings where the anti-virus program scrutinizes every file and program on your PC. This may slow your systems down. Also, if you have had your PC or Laptop for a while, you may have installed multiple anti-virus programs overtime. These programs may be pulling double duty, slowing your systems even more. Inventory which anti-virus programs you have installed and check the security settings to make sure you balance your security needs with performance requirements.
Malicious software or “Malware” may accumulate on your PC. These programs may run as background tasks without your knowledge. Some programs look for sensitive data, including passwords. They may interrogate every keystroke on your PC. Aside from the security risk, these programs may slow down the performance of your PC or Laptop. Many times anti-Malware security programs are part of an IT-managed service contract from your IT Service Provider. These programs run to detect and eliminate Malware from your PC and protect your system from future Malware intrusions.
Remove unused programs
Overtime your computer will collect programs you no longer use or need. Some of these programs may start up automatically when you turn on your PC. Windows includes an add/remove program utility that shows what applications are installed and recently used. Removing unnecessary programs may free up disk space and memory, while lowering the demands on CPU utilization. If you have doubts about a program, contact your IT administrator first before you remove any programs that may be needed.
Update everything always
Many programs, including your operating system, are designed to automatically update with the latest version. These program updates are designed to resolve performance, stability and security issues. In many cases, you will also benefit from new features from the program update. Staying current on the latest version of your application is a good way to ensure things are operating at top performance. Occasionally, O/S and application patch and updates may not be compatible with one another. Always check with your IT administrator to make sure software updates are within your IT policy.
Getting the most from your PC and Laptop requires regular and proactive PC repair and maintenance. If your system is slow and it has been a while since you have had a PC tune-up, now is the time. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, reach out to your IT service provider and ask them for help.