Improve Your PC Speed: Chicago Computer Club Shows You How
Before finding yourself faced with expensive computer repair bills, why not take these simple steps
to get your PC computer back up and running like it used to. While a computer fix might be
necessary for some computer problems, taking a few simple proactive measures can help speed up
your computer, as well as make your computer more secure.
Chicago, IL, July 16, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Remember when you first got your PC and it ran just as fast as
the ad said it would? Then you began using your computer, adding programs, creating files, making
funny movies of your 15 cats, and things began to get slow. Which you ignored of course. Until things
became very slow, which left you wondering, what the heck happened?
Fear not PC user, Chicago Computer Club, which provides expert computer repair, virus removal, and
anti virus protection, is here to help. Here are some of the most common issues that affect PC speed and
performance, and how to fix them yourself.
1) Scan and clean your computer registry: Your computer registry is a big database that stores
configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. As you might expect this
database can get big and unwieldy over time. Cleaning this registry can have significant impact on PC
speed. Additionally there are many free registry cleaners out that can be downloaded from reputable sites.
Try searching at www.cnet.com for "registry cleaner" to view well reviewed products.
2) Defragment your hard drive: As you use your computer - install, uninstall, add and delete - the hard
drive can get the digital equivalent of a messy garage. Cleaning up your hard drive is easy to do and there
are many tutorials out there, search "defragment hard drive" on Google to find how to defragment your
3) Make sure your computer is spyware and virus free: If your computer suddenly slows down rather than
gradually over time, you may be infected with a virus. Make sure your anti virus protection is both up to
date and working properly on your computer.
4) Clean up your programs: All the programs you installed can cause your computer to slow down. It's
easy on your PC to view and remove unwanted programs. Microsoft offers a simple how to here:
5) If Your hardware add-ons are running slow, update the drivers: Driver software communicates with
your computer and your printer, camera, web cam, etc. Almost all hardware companies provide updates
on their websites and downloading new drivers is easy and fast. Just remember to only download drivers
from the hardware company's website to make sure you are not inadvertently downloading malicious
Over time and regular use, a computer's performance will likely suffer. Regular cleaning using the above
tips will almost always help speed up your PC. However if your computer suddenly becomes slow or
strange things begin happening (like your internet home page suddenly changes, or pop ups from software
you are unfamiliar with appear on your computer) you very likely have a virus and should scan your
computer immediately with up to date anti-virus software, or take it in to a computer repair store to have
Stay fast Chicago computer users. If you are looking for expert computer repair, affordable virus removal,
guaranteed anti virus protection, or faster PC speed, why not visit one of our 8 Chicago Computer Club
locations. Learn more at www.cccc.us.
Chicago Computer Club
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