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Steps to Help Improve Computing Speed

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Is your computer running slower than usual?  Here are some quick steps to help improve computing speed:

  1. Perform important system updates that are available, restart your computer after your computer is updated and check for more updates
  2. When your computer is turned off, use a can of compressed air (purchased at the Torero Store or any electronics store) to gently remove any dust that may reside in the fan/heat sink. 
  3. Check how much memory (RAM) is available; if you have a low amount, purchasing more is the easiest way to see noticeable speed increases with some older computers.

 

Windowshttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Get-computer-speed-and-performance-information

 

MAChttp://support.apple.com/kb/HT2353?viewlocale=en_US

 

4. Defragment your computer (for more info on defragmentation visit http://www.ehow.com/facts_4914165_what-does-defragmenting-do.html)

 

Windowshttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Improve-performance-by-defragmenting-your-hard-disk

 

Machttp://support.apple.com/kb/PH5862

 

5. Clear you browser cache

 

-What is a cache?

The cache (pronounced "cash") is a space in your computer's hard drive and in RAM memory where your browser saves copies of previously visited Web pages. Your browser uses the cache like a short-term memory. Instead of downloading an image from a recently viewed website, it will load the image from your cache folder, thereby making the browsing process a little quicker.

 

  You can clear your cache (that is, delete all the files in your cache / computer memory) when they begin   to occupy too much hard drive space, or when the files in the memory / cache get out of date and no   longer correspond to the files on the Web server. (If you are not viewing a current version of the web page)


-For info on how to do this visit http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser's-Cache

 

6. Run your antivirus/spyware program (this will delete any viruses that may be hindering your computer's performance)