A computer is an animal in need of constant stroking. It must be updated, cleaned, and adjusted in order to provide optimum performance. This may sound like a tedious exercise but luckily most computers do it automatically. Therefore, there is such a thing as Windows Update, Windows Defender, and other management-oriented software. When you buy a computer, it comes preloaded with everything necessary to run itself. It also comes preloaded with a bunch of stuff you will never need. You can fully optimize your computer manually, but most people do not know how to do it. Here is a guide to aid one in manually optimizing their computer.
Get the Latest Updates and Drivers
Technology is constantly advancing. In order to keep up with it computers have to update. This allows them to stay abreast of the newest viruses, be compatible with the latest Wi-Fi strength, and fix any bugs existing in newer software. Drivers are the things that make software function. A video driver allows you to see video, much as an audio driver allows you to hear sound. New drivers are often released to replace old ones, so they can run newly developed technology. This happens periodically. For instance, an audio driver for Windows 10 was created specifically to run sound for Windows 10. If you download Windows 10 but keep an old audio driver, it will not be able to support Windows 10 sound. So always make sure your computer is up to date.
Disable Unnecessary Services.
You would be surprised how many programs start up when a computer is turned on. As mentioned before a computer comes preloaded with a lot of stuff you do not need. Chief among those being software for companies that offer monthly services. Mostly these fall into the category of security, web browsing, and photos. There are also free memberships to various entertainment mediums. Many of these programs activate when your computer comes on and stay on. This is why an important step in optimization is getting rid of the riff-raff. Now, you do not want to delete important programs so always do a little research, but you will find a good number of unnecessary services you can turn off or delete. This can be easily done by accessing control panel and selecting add/or remove programs, or simply accessing task manager selecting the services you want to stop.
Check for Viruses
The biggest bog many computers get stuck in are viruses. Viruses, adware, and malware can infect your computer and cause serious harm. The most annoying thing is that they also slow your computer down. This is why having up to date security software is important. It ensures that every time you go on the web you are protected. Security software deletes harmful files and cleans your computer. There are many top-level companies out there that offer monthly services, and windows comes loaded with its own security software as well.