Fountain Of Youth For Your Computer
25 februari 2014 

Fountain Of Youth For Your Computer

Do you have your pc for quite some time and you find it running a bit slow? or do some programs not work properly anymore?

Or do you think that your pc makes too much noise or looks filthy? I’ll give you some tips to put your pc in top shape again in no time.

If your pc is getting slow, you can make him a lot faster by using “light” software. e.g. replace Adobe Reader with the freely available PDF Xchange Editor, which is a lot faster ( you don’t need the paid version to open PDF files).

Replace Internet Explorer with Chrome and replace an expensive antivirus software with a light weight antivirus like Avast Free Antivirus.

Are you still using Nero or Roxio to burn CDs? Replace it with CDBurnerXP.

A big list of decent, light weight software is available at Lifehacker. Watch out! This list is a few years old, but most of the software is still used today.

Tip: You can remove the unnecessary programs through the control panel or by using a program called Revo Uninstaller Free.

Also take a minute to install CCleaner, this program removes all the unnecessary files from your computer. This also speeds up your computer a lot!

Are you using a wireless mouse, keyboard or wireless internet (wifi)?

Try swapping them for their wired counterparts.

A keyboard and mouse with a cable not only saves you a lot of batteries, they also don’t need a driver, which speeds up the booting process of your computer.

‘Upgrading’ from wifi to wired internet (network cables) often leads to much faster surfing/transferring files between computers.

Tip: If you don’t have network cables, a powerline network might be a solution for you. For more info, go to Homeplug

When you’re buying a new computer or a new monitor, you should calibrate it.

In other words, you should install the colors correctly. Never did that? Follow all the steps as described on the website Monitorcal and use a tool called QuickGamma  to install your monitor correctly.

You have to use the buttons on your monitor (or in the monitor menu) to adjust the settings.

Tip: If you don’t know where these are located, download the user manual from the manufacturers website.

clean a slow pc

Dirty components can also be the cause of a slow pc.

This way, dust can make its way into your pc, keyboard and fans.

If you’re dealing with a desktop: it’s easy to open it up and clean it (e.g. with a spraycan of “compressed air”.  I like to use my big air compresser for that but go easy on the Bars there).

The speed of the fans can be manually adjusted on some computers with a tool called Speedfan, which results in less noise.

Watch out! If your pc automatically shuts itself down, it most likely overheated and it’s necessary to speed up the fans.

Rebekka Deforce

About the author
Rebekka Deforce is the owner of magicmediaforce.com. Working over 18 years in the audiovisual sector and developed a great passion for internet marketing, she now helps on- and offline businesses to get magnificent conversion results through video marketing and social media marketing. She also loves to help people with the technical aspect of the video production process.
Ingrid
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Ingrid

on 26 Feb 2014

Again, great advice. I bet not everyone knows this. Thanks!

Victor Truter
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Victor Truter

on 24 Jun 2014

Thanks for the tip. Believe me you are a star! This is great to have you as a LinkeIn friend. Thanks a lot.

Rebekka Deforce
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Rebekka Deforce

on 04 Jul 2014

Thank you Victor, you are too kind :)

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