If you’re working for a newspaper then I’ll venture to guess that your laptop or tablet is your best friend. I actually recently got a new Surface Pro 4 that I love, by the way. But I digress. As your friend, you want that computer to be reliable and fast. It really sucks to have to deal with a slow computer when you’re working and on the road. There’s nothing worse than a computer that takes forever to start up and shut down. Opening the browser takes forever, etc.
Don’t run out and buy a new computer just yet. There are a lot of options for you to tune up the one that you have! I have done this many times and it’s given me a couple more years out of a laptop that I was ready to throw out the window.
Upgrade Your RAM
It’s true that the increase in software demands over the years makes it necessary to upgrade your computer or you’ll be left in the dust. However, one of the easiest ways to improve the performance of your computer in a concrete way is to simply upgrade your RAM! It’s so simple that you can actually do it yourself. All you have to do is go to a website such as Crucial.com and run the diagnostic scanner. The website will then tell you exactly what RAM can go into your machine. And you can order it straight from the website! It couldn’t be any easier. Usually installing the RAM into a computer is really not that hard, and a simple Google search for your model of computer will yield the how to guide.
Clean Out Spyware And Malware
One of the most inevitable things that can happen to a computer is the acquisition of malware. This is software that gets onto your computer uninvited and wreaks havoc, causing slowdowns, popups, another annoying things. Antivirus software doesn’t always catch these programs because they fly under the radar and pass as “legitimate” programs. But they certainly aren’t legitimate since I’m guessing you didn’t want them at all!
In order to get rid of spyware and malware you can run a program such as Spyhunter 4 in order to thoroughly scan and remove any offending software. I used Spyhunter in order to get rid of the Conduit search spyware that had made its way onto my computer. It was incredibly annoying by Spyhunter made quick work of it. Spyhunter is a safe and effective software tool that will help you out if you’ve got unauthorized software on your computer.
Clean Out Junk Software
I bet you don’t use all the software that you have loaded onto your computer. I’d suggest uninstalling any software that you don’t use. Go into the Add/Remove Software menu in the Control Panel and get rid of anything that you don’t use. You shouldn’t uninstall anything important however. If you’re not sure what a program is, a simple Google search can jog your memory as to whether or not you need it.