At one point or another we all feel the burden of waiting for a slow computer. It usually happens when we are in a rush and unfortunately for us the time just keeps going.
A recent study of 8,000 desktop users by data storage company SanDisk revealed that much of our time is wasted waiting for a program to load. The study revealed that people in the US and UK spend about five days a year waiting for slow computers. If you work an average of 250 days a year that is roughly about thirty minutes a day.
That is huge! It is also depressing because, according to that research, slow computers are now one of the seven most stressful everyday experiences. Almost one of three users admitted that slow-loading PC’s put them in a bad mood for the rest of the day, while another third of those asked said they lost sleep over the issue.
While I don’t recommend throwing the computer out the window, here are three simple things you can do right now to improve your computer and regain some of that valuable time.
- Free up some disk space
Look through My Documents and the Desktop and delete any unnecessary files. You also want to uninstall any programs that you no longer use. cCleaner, a program that is available for download at www.cCleaner.com is free and will get unnecessary files off your computer.
- Check for Malware and Spyware
MalwareBytes, an anti-malware/spyware program, can be downloaded at www.malwarebytes.com. You can use their 2 week trial to clean up your computer. At the end of the trial you may uninstall the program, however, for 29.99, I’d recommend keeping it. It is short money for peace of mind.
- Take back control
You can speed up your computer by disabling unused programs that are running in the background. For example, Adobe will have an auto-updater program running in the background that will check multiple times a day to see if an update has been released. Usingthe cCleaner program, you can disable these startup programs. Be careful what you disable, however. You would not want to disable your anti-virus program from starting up.
Lucas Perzan is the founder of Insation Technologies, a computer consulting firm in Webster, Massachusetts. He has been in business since 2005, helping people with their computer and other technology needs. He can be reached at (508) 247-7200 or [email protected].