Speed Up Your PC

Someone asked Kim Komando what they could do about their computer running so slowly. This was her answer:

One of the most frequently used programs on any computer is the browser. This could be Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or something else. But they can all get bogged down. Your browser has to store a ton of information. This includes cookies, temporary files and browsing history. Clearing some of this information can speed up the browser.

In Internet Explorer go to Tools>>Internet Options. Under the General tab, find the Browsing History section. Click the Delete button. Select the items to delete. I recommend Temporary Internet Files and History at the least. You will probably want to leave Passwords alone. When you are ready, click Delete and then OK.

In Firefox, click Tools>>Clear Recent History. You can select the time range to clear. In this case, select Everything. Then select the items to clear. I suggest leaving Active Logins and Site Preferences unchecked. Click OK to clear the data.

For Google Chrome, click the Wrench icon then select Options. Go to the Under the Hood tab. Click the Clear Browsing Data button. Select the data you want to clear. Again, I recommend leaving passwords alone. Then set the amount of time to clear. In this case, select Everything. Finally, click Clear Browsing Data.

Another thing that can slow down Firefox and Chrome are extensions. These are little programs that add functionality. However, they also take up processing power. As a rule, only uninstall extensions you personally installed. Some extensions install automatically with the program. Those are usually good to leave alone.

In Firefox, go to Tools>>Add-ons. Then select the Extensions tab. Each extension will have a description. Select an unneeded extension and click the Uninstall button. Do this for each unneeded extension. Restart Firefox to complete the removal process.

If you aren’t sure about an extension, click the Disable button instead. The extension will be installed, but won’t be running. You can see if you really need it.

In Chrome, click the Wrench icon and select Extensions. Follow the same instructions as for Firefox. The only difference is that no restart is needed. You can also disable extensions if you aren’t sure.

Windows programs often create temporary files. These are useful for installing and uninstalling programs. However, these files can linger in Windows, slowing down your machine. To delete temporary files, click Start>>Computer. Right-click on your hard drive icon and select Properties. Click the Disk Cleanup button.

In Windows 7 and Vista, select Files from all users. XP won’t have that option; it applies to all users automatically. You will then be presented with a list of areas to clean. Select Temporary Files, then click OK. The computer will delete all temporary files. This may take a few minutes.

You can also use a program like the free CCleaner. It will clear temporary files and browser data. Just choose your settings carefully. Otherwise, you may wipe out more data than you want.It’s possible that your hard drive is filled with duplicate files. These steal storage space and cause confusion. It’s a good idea to get rid of them.

Fortunately, there are plenty of programs to find and eliminate duplicate programs. Try the free Duplicate Cleaner or Clonespy, which is also free. These will make quick work of duplicate files.

I recommend running them in manual delete mode. You want to make sure the duplicate files are expendable. Also, make sure you only delete personal files. Some system files have more than one copy by design. You don’t want to harm your computer.

E-mail programs are notorious for attracting clutter. Lots of saved e-mail messages can slow down your e-mail program. You might want to get rid of some of them.

In Outlook, go to Tools>>Mailbox Cleanup. You can search for e-mails by age or size. Then select the e-mail to delete. If you’re using Thunderbird, click here to learn how to clean out old e-mail messages.Be sure to check your hard drive space. You should have at least 5 gigabytes free. If hard drive space gets too low, Windows can’t operate efficiently. Click Start>>Computer and right-click on your hard drive. Then select properties. You’ll see how much free space you have.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full


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Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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