Well first I'm going to post my guide on how to keep your computer fast, which can be found here:
[Guide] Keep your computer clean!
THC wrote:Before you read this guide, please know that all the programs that are in bold and are colored, are links to the programs/website stated.
Well let's hope that you're reading this guide early on in your computers life, or that you have at least had some sort of protection as of this far.
First we'll start off with virus protection. Through all the different virus protection programs, I have found that the best one that is not free, is Kapersky, but I all of my guides feature free software. So the recommended virus protection, is Microsoft Security Essentials. This is a very secure, trusted, and light program. It is recommended that it starts on the start-up of your computer. It will turn orange when you need to scan, and red when there is a virus detected while you aren't scanning. So basically it is always checking to make sure you are safe, and protected. The best part of this program is it is completely free and will not ask you to pay.
Next thing you'll want to download is a good virus scanner. At my computer repair internship, we use SUPERAntiSpyware which is also a very good, free virus scanner. It is also recommended that you use MalwareBytes in situations where you think you have a virus. Malware is software that aims to damage or disable your computer.
Finally, as a little fine tuner, I run this about 3 times a week: Advanced SystemCare, basically this is a junk remover. It does a quick spyware, registry, scan, it remove things like internet history, and traces. It also deletes your cookies. Running this regularly will noticeable help your computer stay fast and smooth.
Well that concludes my guide. I hope you liked it!
Another thing you can do to help your computer speed is defragment it once or twice a month.
What defragmenting does
Well basically all files are stored in binary (0's and 1's) which you computer reads, in order to read the file. Once you add a few files to your computer, say you delete 1 file in a folder of 20 files. The file that you deleted still has its 0's and 1's for the computer to read, even if the file is gone. With these still there, it makes your computer take longer to read a file because of all those 0's and 1's of the deleted file still there. Defragmenting your computer takes away those 0's and 1's and makes it faster for your computer to read the files.
Choosing startup programs
Choosing what starts up when your computer does, is very important to the startup speed of your computer. Things like instant messengers, and unnecessary programs often give you the option whether or not to have it at start up when installing. However most people overlook those options, or sometimes they aren't even the option. Whatever the case, getting to the "Startup Manager" is very simple.
For Windows users:
Click the "Start" button in the bottom left corner of your screen
Click "Run" which should be at the bottom of the right side of the start menu there
Type "msconfig" without the quotation marks, into the run prompt.
When the window opens you will notice several tabs at the top.
Click on the "startup" tab to get to the manager
At this point you want to un-check any option from there that you would like to remove from start up, and then click apply.
That concludes my guide for now. I will probably update it later, as I will always be finding new ways to speed up your computer.