Your every day devices speed can easily slow down – an incredibly frustrating feat in my office, that’s for sure! There are a number of reasons this may happen and the experts at Black Nova Designs have offered their top tips to help you speed your device up without having to seek professional help.
Bloatware is generally the “Useless” programs that get installed directly from the manufacturer/warehouse. Or those bundled within other programs. Extra programmes and data not required take up unnecessary space and power and as a result slow your device down.
Your best course of action, would be to remove/uninstall any programs you do not need. Clearing out all this space will give the device space to breath and have “spare” power to run day to day tasks. Plus any more strenuous tasks you throw at it.
Very similar to the perspective of Bloatware, Overloading/Cluttering is where you load lots of programs or store lots of data on to the device. Then once finished don’t remove/uninstall them and continue to add new ones, taking up more and more space and power causing it to overload/clutter. Another way to overload is by installing programs that are too strenuous for the device. For example using a budget device and trying to carry out powerful tasks, like using 3D rendering or installing games that are well over-spec’ed for the device.
Many users don’t know but filling a hard-drive full can cause numerous faults, from “blue screens of death” to “hanging”. This can be easily rectified by removing unwanted files. Or indeed moving them to an external source, like Dropbox or a USB Hard-drive. But you should ensure you make a backup elsewhere as well. Uninstalling programs you no longer use are a crucial way of prolonging the productivity of the device.
Another big culprit of poor device performance is the dreaded Virus or Malware infection. Whereby your device gets infected with malicious software. The malicious software tend to take up useful resources. And/or spread files taking up space causing loss of storage space, to create similar affects to cluttering. If you suspect a virus or any malware, first thing to do is to disconnect from the network/internet and install an antivirus and anti-malware software. This could be Norton Anti-virus and Malwarebytes but there are plenty to choose from. Just make sure you get your software from a reputable supplier and to just “any old” anti-virus or malware scanner. As some malicious software have been disguised as an anti-virus to make you think it is okay.
Your downloads folder often holds many unnecessary files that will have been downloaded from your emails or the internet. Be sure to clear these out regularly. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Particularly if you regularly have high resolution files in there! Then, empty your trash! It’s like a Spring Clean for both your soul and your computer!
The best way to keep your device running prim and proper is to make sure you have a good anti-virus and anti-malware program. As well as making sure you do a monthly check where you uninstall all unwanted programs. As well as removing or moving any no longer needed files. It really can help to speed up your device again. Failing that, the wonderful team at Black Nova Designs do offer device repair and their expert knowledge and advice for similar problems.