If your computer is slow to startup or open files and web pages, runs into issues frequently during memory-intensive tasks, or decides to reboot itself frequently, it doesn’t always mean the worst. Rather than having to shell out for a brand-new laptop or PC sometime soon, computer performance optimisation could help your device work better.

What is computer performance optimisation?

Computer performance optimisation means auditing the files that are installed on your device and the applications that are running to see where issues may lie. This most often affects the memory and can be caused by ‘bloatware’ (software that clogs your system with multiple unnecessary files and applications), multiple conflicting software, bugs in recent updates/not updating to the latest fixes and patches, and a backlog of temporary files. It could also be because you have a virus on your computer, so knowing how to identify a virus is key.

Optimisation versus upgrade

Performance optimisation can delete unnecessary files and free up more working space so you can get on with tasks seamlessly. However, it’s important to run diagnostics checks to see whether it’s a case of outdated hardware causing the glitches, such as overheating, low operating capacity or an ageing hard drive. This can usually be done when you boot up your device by holding down the ‘D’ key on your Mac or you can run the Performance Monitor and Windows Memory Diagnostic tests in Windows. In such cases, it may be more cost-effective to upgrade your device rather than individual components.

Can I optimise my computer performance myself?

There are certain tasks you can perform to help your device run better. These include:

– Installing the latest software and security updates for your operating system
– Deleting cached files and cookies in your browser history
– Deleting files from your recycle bin and desktop
– Setting only essential software and applications to run at startup
– Ensuring you don’t have multiple virus or malware running
– Ensuring your anti-virus software is up to date – run this to check for any viruses
– Deleting programs you never use
– Defragmenting your hard drive on a Windows PC or laptop

Some of these fixes are simple, but files aren’t always clearly named and you don’t want to delete something critical. At Computer Man, we offer performance optimisation, laptop repairs and same-day virus removal in Cairns. Contact us today.

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