As a computer ages it has a tendency to slow down. Data fills up the hard drive, duplicate files stack up and unused programs take up valuable space, all of which contributes to sometimes ponderous performance. Here’s how to speed up your computer’s performance.

PC Tune Up

BullGuard’s PC Tune Up, available in BullGuard Internet Security and BullGuard Premium Protection, is an excellent place to start and does a significant job in improving performance.

It sweeps your computer looking for program leftovers or temporary files that can hinder performance. It’s also a continuous automated service check of your computer that makes it run faster, more reliable and more efficient.

You can also fine tune it such as allowing you to disable unnecessary applications that slow down your computer when it starts up.

Beyond this there are a few other ‘housekeeping’ tricks that will help bolster the improvements BullGuard Tune Up delivers.

Defrag the hard drive

The more a computer is used the more data gets stored on the hard drive. This data is deposited in random places on the drive. As a result it takes longer to read when Windows searches for the information.

By defragmenting the data, gaps between packets of data are removed and the data is moved closer to the centre of the disc making it easier and faster to access.
 
  • In Windows 8 and Windows 10 the computer will defrag itself by default every week due to the scheduled task ‘Optimise Drives’.
  • In Windows 7, click the Start button. Select All Programs, then Accessories. Choose System Tools, and then select Disk Defragmenter.

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Remove programs you don’t use

Programs you don’t use can take up a lot space which can slow your computer down.
  • In Windows 10, just search 'Add or remove programs'.
  • In Windows 8 go to the Search Charm and search 'Uninstall'. You'll see an entry for 'Uninstall programs to free up Disk Space'.
  • In Windows 7 go to Start, Control Panel, Programs and choose 'Uninstall a program'.
In each of these cases you’ll see a list of programs and how much space they are using. All you need to do is scroll down the list and select the programs you no longer use. To remove them click the Uninstall button.

Delete

You might be surprised about how much space you can free up by simply deleting files you no longer use.
  • A good place to start is your desktop and browser download folders. You might be surprised at the number of documents you no longer require.
  • Photo, music, and video libraries will also likely take up lots of space. There can be lost of contents that you no longer need.
  • If you’ve bought movies or TV shows from streaming services you can safely delete the copies from your computer and download them again from your streaming service when you need to. There will be a record of what you’ve bought and you can download them again without having to pay again.
If there are lots of files you might want to move them to an external drive so you can sort through them at your leisure while also relieving the pressure on your hard drive.