Top 5 Ways to Keep Your PC Fast

1.     Msconfig – msconfig is a built in utility that ships with Windows 2000 and later. You can get to it by going to Start/Run and typing msconfig and choosing ok. From there you can choose the startup tab and uncheck the items that are unwanted. After that, choose the Services tab. Make sure that the Hide All Microsoft Services check box is checked as this will hide the services that are necessary for your pc to run. After these services have been hidden, you can uncheck any unwanted services. Once this is complete choose ok and then restart your pc. After the restart you can re-enable the startup items or services by going into msconfig and checking the box on the item you need.

2.     MalwareBytes – This application is a free spyware scanner that will clean up your computer of most of the junk that can find its way into each system. To load this software, go to malwarebytes.org and download the free version of the software. Once downloaded, install the software to your machine and when finished make sure the update and run check boxes are checked. When the program opens run a full scan and then remove anything that it finds. Restart your pc once your remove the items.

3.     XP Power Tools – If you have XP, you can use the xp power tools to customize your windows experience even further. You can download the file from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx and all the information needed for this tool is located at this site as well.

4.     Tabbed Browsing –Tabbed browsing is the ability to open multiple website in just one browser. This saves system resources by only needing to spend them on one application instead of many.  Tabbed Browsing comes standard in all of the latest browsers. If you are still using Internet Explorer 6, then you need to upgrade to version 8 at once.  Firefox, IE 8, and Google Chrome are the three main browsers available today. Find the one that best suits you and utilize the tabbed browsing feature that each of them offer.

5.     Delete Unnecessary files – Windows is full of unnecessary files. You should remove these on a quarterly basis. Temporary internet files are the first set of unnecessary files. To delete them, go to Start/Control Panel. Click on the internet options icon. On the tab that opens there is a section called browsing history.  Choose delete and this will give you options of what to delete. Choose Temporary internet files and cookies. You can delete your history as well, but this is optional as it will erase all of the information of which sites you have visited. The next place to delete is your temp folder. To get to this folder, Go to Start/Run and type %temp% and choose enter. You can then delete all information that comes up in this temp folder.