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You’ve had your computer for a while now, and it’s running slowly. 

You are having trouble connecting to the Internet and it takes forever to

start up and shut down.  It wasn’t always that way.  When you first

bought it, that computer flew, but over the years it slowed down to a

crawl.  I guess it’s time to retire that faithful old friend and buy a new

one.  Not so fast.  Times are tough and money’s tight.  Not all of us

have $500 or more to throw at a new machine.  There is another option.


When you think of Windows, or any other program, it’s easy to see it

as one individual unit.  The fact is Windows is a collection hundreds of

programs and files.  If any of these components become damaged or are

deleted all kinds of strange things can happen.  It’s helpful to look at

Windows almost as a living thing.  It is constantly in a state of building

upon and updating itself.  If there’s a power outage or surge during

those updates, that portion of Windows can become corrupt, and even

though the computer may seem to function, performance can decrease

and some components may no longer work.  Windows keeps track of

how to operate programs and hardware in a file called the registry. 

When you install a program it can create dozens of new entries in the

registry, dozens of chances for something to go very wrong.  Then,

when Windows tells you that you are running out of space on your hard

drive, you uninstall the programs you don’t often use.  That’s fine, but

Windows frequently leaves some of the entries behind.  Over time the

registry becomes bloated with dead entries.  Windows needs to read

and process each line in the registry.  That takes time, even if every

entry is valid.


Another reason Windows slows down is the number of programs that

launch at startup.  Most programs that you install want to have a little

bit of themselves running in the background.  Weather it’s to help them

start a little faster or to check for updates all they really do is slow your

startup and shut down.  These background programs use your valuable

RAM and make your processor work harder.


Lastly, let’s not forget about viruses and spyware.  That horrible stuff

launches at startup, runs in the background and clogs up your internet. 

If you can get to the web there’s the constant battle with pop-ups and

redirected web sites.  Speaking of viruses, if you’re running Norton or

McAfee antivirus software look out.  They do a decent job of getting

rid of viruses, but each year the programs get bigger and bigger.  They

try to do too much and end up really slowing your computer down. 

They can run as many as 19 different programs in the background. 

When your subscription runs out give NOD32 Antivirus Software a

look.  It scans your system faster, doesn’t bog your computer down and

finds viruses Norton can’t.  You can check it out at: www.eset.com.  


So, where is that solution I promised?  Here it is! Saving all your

photos, documents and music, then formatting and reloading Windows

will bring your computer back to life.  You will regain the same speedy

performance your machine had when it first came out of the box.  For

an extra boost you could always add a little bit more memory to your

system as well.  Memory’s like ice cream, the more the better.  It’s a lot

of work and can be a bit tricky, but it can be done.  If the thought of

doing all that gives you a splitting head ache, you could give me a call

and I’ll do it for you.


Please email me with your computer or technology questions at:

yourit@dslextreme.com




  

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