Don’t settle for sluggish starts and slow programs just because your computer isn’t brand-new. These five tips will keep your Windows PC running like it’s day one.

Everyone loves a new computer. Why? Because when you turn it on and launch apps and programs, it  responds  quickly. However, as you start to download more apps and install games and create documents, you’ll probably find it taking longer and longer to start Windows.

The good news  is  your  Windows 10  computer doesn’t have to  stay  in the  slow lane. By following a few easy steps, you should be able to maintain that like-new experience for a long time. Here are the top five practices  to keep my computer up to speed.

Free up disk space

If your computer hard drive is nearly full, you may notice each task you perform getting slower, because it has fewer resources to draw on. Windows 10 has a really effective built-in application that lets you easily clear out that drive. Click the  start menu  button, scroll down the list until you find  Windows Administrative Tools, and select  Disk Cleanup. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove unwanted files, giving you more room instantly.

Uninstall apps you don’t use anymore

Think of this as going through your closet: if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. In Windows 10, start by opening    Control Panel, then find   Programs   and select   Uninstall  a program. This can make a big difference to the speed of your PC, as those programs include sometimes quite taxing background processes, autostart entries, and system services. Uninstalling dormant apps will also improve system security. For instance, apps such as  Java, whose older versions are known to have security risks, may not only use system resources, but leave open ways in for  hackers.

You can also prevent those applications from launching automatically when you start up. Click   Startup   and   disable the applications you don’t need to have at your fingertips every single time you log on. Windows helpfully tells you which applications slow down your start-up process  most, so you can choose wisely.

Make sure your antivirus isn’t dragging your system down

How much impact on system performance does your antivirus programs have? As mentioned earlier, you want to avoid apps that take too much control of your computer’s resources, thereby slowing your machine down.

Unfortunately, the Windows 10 default security software can significantly affect performance, compared to the free or premium offerings from security companies. In the chart below, courtesy  of  AV-Comparatives, you can see that Windows Defender scored 20 points worse    than  free security software, including Avast, which scored in the top 5.

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When Windows 10 launches, Windows Defender automatically turns on when either an incompatible antivirus program or no antivirus at all is detected. Windows also urges users to uninstall their active antivirus to activate Windows Defender, instead.

But be wary of the security instructions you may be getting from your computer’s operating system. While these suggestions may seem more convenient at the time, you may be setting yourself up for weaker protection. You really have a lot of other great choices available, and it’s in your best interest to call Your Technology Partner at 561-439-5353. Stuart Cantin will lead you in the right direction.

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