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Easy Ways To Speed Up Your PC: Part 3

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, File & Disk Management
 
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Slow PCs are a pain! But we’ve got some easy ways to speed them up. In part 1 and part 2 of this series we looked at ways to remove unwanted programs and clean up old files that could be slowing you down.

But we aren’t finished. There’s still a lot more you can do, like disable unnecessary programs when Windows starts up.

When Windows starts up, many programs tend to initiate in the background. The more the programs that initiate at start-up, the more time it will take your computer to boot. Most of these programs don’t even need to be running at time. Here we’re going to use CCleaner, which we discussed how to download in this article. So if you aren’t familiar with CCleaner, click here to read about it first.  Here’s how you can disable them with CCleaner:

Click the Tools tab and then Startup:

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Now, select the programs you don’t want to initiate at startup and click Disable. It also gives you the option to enable the programs you want to initiate at startup.

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Now, we’re going to take care of any unwanted extensions in your browsers.

What most users don’t know is that unwanted extensions can be installed maliciously as well as with other programs. These extensions are a big reason for the slow browser and internet speeds. CCleaner gives you a complete list of all the extensions installed on all your browsers and the option to disable/delete them.

In the Tools tab, under Startup, CCleaner displays the extensions installed according to the browsers. Select the extensions you don’t need and disable/delete them.

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You could also how visual effects look on your computer. That’s if you don’t mind the rudimentary appearance of your computer screen, then this tip will improve your computer speeds even more. Limiting/disabling the visual effects of the computer screen can enhance system performance. Here’s how you can do it.

Click on the Start menu and the click on Control Panel:

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Next, click on Performance and Tools.

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If you can’t see the “Performance and Tools” icon, click on View By: and select Large Icons.

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Now, click on Adjust Visual Effects:

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The dialogue box for Performance Options will open. Then select “Adjust for Best Performance”. You can also select Custom and chose the visual effects you still want to experience.

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Personally, we find selecting Custom and choosing only the last option of “Use visual styles on windows and buttons” greatly improves performance without completely sacrificing the aesthetic appeal of Windows.

Implementing the tips in this series of articles can greatly improve the speed of your computer and also prevent crashing and freezing problems.

~ Rakiah

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3 Responses to “Easy Ways To Speed Up Your PC: Part 3”

  1. rcprimak says:

    At last! Some tips which really can make a difference in a “slow PC”.

    I was not aware of the CCleaner feature of showing browser extensions. I wonder if this includes Toolbars and Search Engines? If not, folks can speed up browsers by going into the browsers’ settings and manually picking through the Toolbars and Search Engines. But it is nice to get a central location for seeing the extensions in all browsers, in a list format.

    To really see which extensions are causing browser slowdowns, I know IE has a tool in the browser for this purpose. The worst offenders are listed and can be disabled. I haven’t seen a similar tool in Firefox or Chrome. Maybe someone can answer the question: Does such a list, ranked by how much impact each extension has on browser performance, exist for Firefox and Chrome?

  2. jrinct says:

    My version of CCleaner, 5.15, updated today, doesn’t seem to show extensions. Clicking Tools/Startup results only in a list of startup programs. Am I not recognizing a link?

  3. Gene S. says:

    Rakiah,

    I’ve been using CCleaner for years. In Disk Analyzer, how does one know what is SAFE to remove, lest one destabilize one’s PC–there are many hundreds of files with sometimes inscrutable names? Is it safe to remove Duplicate Files? Is it advisable to run Registry cleaning–I just read that one shouldn’t mess with the Registry, since this could jeopardize proper functioning of one’s system. Running Drive Wiper is painfully tedious, even with a SINGLE wipe–why does it take so bloody long? For a military-style wipe, I’ll see you in a couple of days! Please advise.

    P.S. I have the free edition, as I can’t afford the paid edition–alas.

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