What are some updates for the computer I can download for free to make my computer faster?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A clean computer is key to a faster computer. Run the 3 scans below.

    Run a virus scan weekly.

    Update and run your Anti-Virus program. Don't have one? You can run a free online scan from CA.

    http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan....

    Run Spybot and Adaware weekly.

    Download, update and run Spybot---http://www.safer-networking.org/... . Don't forget to use the Immunize feature.

    Download, update and run Adaware---http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaw...

    Now to prevent spyware from being installed in the first place....

    Download SpywareBlaster---http://majorgeeks.com/download2859.html

    SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed.

    It's main features include:

    - Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted pests.

    - Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.

    - Restrict the actions of potentially dangerous sites in Internet Explorer.

    Now lets clean up your registry.

    Run RegScrubXP weekly. Run Cleanup every time you log off.

    Download RegScrubXP--http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?d...

    Safely cleans junk out of the Windows 2000/XP system registry. All changes made to the registry are fully restorable to it's original condition. You can make an exclusion list of registry entries that RegScrubXP will not display as problems. You can sift through a list of file extensions, company names, run upon startup programs, Internet Explorer history, and uninstall programs to delete what you think is junk.

    Download CleanUp---http://www.stevengould.org/software/clea...

    Free disk space, make your computer run better/faster and protect your privacy - all in one easy solution. All for free!

    Now lets clean up your disk.

    Run a Disk Cleanup 2 times a month. Run Disk Defrag. monthly.

    Do a Disk Cleanup and Disk Defrag. You can find both of them by following the path below.

    Start>all programs>accessories>system tools>Disk Cleanup. Let it do its thing. You can check every box that has something to delete.

    Now follow the same path and do a Disk Defrag. Again just let it do its thing.

    Now lets tweak your connection.

    If your speed is good I would not mess with it by trying to tweak it. If you do tweak once it is done you should not have to do it every again.

    There are many programs out there to do this. I will give you 2 of them.

    The first one is TCP Optimizer.

    Description: The TCP Optimizer is a free, easy Windows program that provides an intuitive interface for tuning and optimizing your Internet connection. There is no installation required, just download and run.

    http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php....

    You can get support for the best way to set it up right from their forum http://forums.speedguide.net/

    The second one is Cablenut.

    Windows XP tested and approved

    CableNut is a tool for optimizing your Internet Connection. We have provided a way to tweak any option you may want to in the adjuster. You can load "CableNut Custom Setting" files that are included with the program to tweak your Internet connection.

    http://www.cablenut.com/

    Again support is available right from their forum.http://www.broadbandnuts.com/index.php?p...

    All programs are FREE!

    After applying the suggestions above you will have a clean and faster computer. Enjoy.

  • 1 decade ago

    Follow these steps to "speed" up your computer.

    1)Stomp auto-starting programs. Click Start > Run and type "msconfig" at the prompt. Click the Startup tab and look at all that junk that loads when you launch your PC. Do you really need "Adobe Reader Speed Launch"? Probably not. Turn off anything else that looks useless, but be careful not to disable Windows system components.

    2) Clean up the disk. Uninstall unneeded programs (especially those that run at startup and/or put something in the system tray), run Disk Cleanup, and defragment the drive. This is a good first step that will almost always take a few seconds off boot time and application loads for any computer.

    3) Run a full anti-virus and anti-spyware scan. I would recommend using AVG Free Anti-virus, AVG Anti-Spyware, Spybot, Ad-Aware.

    4) Clean up the registry. This is controversial, as some experts claim registry cleaners don't really help. I've seen evidence to the contrary, so I recommend doing it if you've got a major slowdown. CCleaner is free and worth running.

    5)Delete old network connections. Your computer may be trying to connect to shared hard drives that no longer exist. In Windows Explorer right-click on any network shares you don't actively use and click Delete. Under Tools, also click "Disconnect Network Drive" to see if there are any others lurking about.

    Those are the easy and free things you can do. If your computer is still slow you need to move on to the bigger guns.

    1) Upgrade RAM. This is the one killer trick that will make almost any computer run faster. With an older PC, you will rarely have enough RAM to run today's memory-hogging operating systems and applications, and adding a high-capacity stick or two of quality RAM will give you a quick speed boost. Adding RAM is fairly simple, even for a novice, and you should be able to do the job in 5 or 10 minutes.

    2)Reinstall Windows. If the above tricks haven't helped, it may be time to wipe the slate clean and start again, reformatting your hard drive, reinstalling your applications, and restoring your data files from a backup. You'd be surprised how much more responsive a freshly reinstalled Windows system can be, as you've wiped out years of temp files, garbled registry entries, old versions of software programs that have been upgraded repeatedly, and all sorts of other electronic junk. Reinstalling is easy if you have the "recovery disk" that came with your PC, and only a bit more involved if you're using a retail copy of Windows XP. Just be sure you back up everything you want to take with you before you pull the trigger!

    3)Upgrade your hard drive. This is a more complicated solution, but if you're reinstalling Windows (per the prior tip) you might consider upgrading to a bigger and possibly faster hard drive, too. Hard disk storage is a performance bottleneck on every machine, and magnetic disks degrade over time. Some performance issues could be caused by a failing hard drive, even, and upgrading to a new model could really put some zip back in your system. As a bonus, you can use the original hard drive for backups or occasional storage, if you put it in an enclosure.

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