There are many tests you can run on your computer yourself and also articles on how to fix a slow pc for free. You can start by doing a Google search on ‘fixing a slow pc’. These should all be done or checked before you spend any money getting an expensive tech to look at your computer. These are tests they will run first and charge you $20 an hour to do them.
The very first thing you should do is make sure your anti-virus program is up to date and then run a new scan for virus or malware. If you don’t have an anti-virus program then you need to get one immediately before you do anything else. An anti-virus program is one of the most important programs a pc user should have on their computer. It should be scheduled to run automatically several times a week.
If you are running Windows 10 on your pc, there are excellent programs that you can download for free that will run several tests on your PC and fix simple problems. Just do a Google search and you will fine several of these free programs. Make sure your anti-virus program is updated before downloading anything.
Windows comes with a set of maintenance programs that should be run at least once a week and they include:
- Scan for junk files
- Disk errors
- Register errors
Any one of these maintenance programs can fix simple problems especially if you don’t use them regularly.
This program just arranges data on your disk drive in order that makes the drive run faster. It should be set up to run automatically at least once a week. So that is one test you can run.
Scan for junk files
The more you use a PC the more junk files buildup and rob you of speed. So, get rid of all the junk before spending any money.
Often when a PC stops suddenly for some reason it causes a disk error. There are maintenance programs that seek these errors and can repair them.
Some versions of Windows have a register errors maintenance program that you can run. There are also ones on the internet that are free. This program finds errors in the registry and fixes them.
This is a good beginning for how to fix a slow pc for free. Computer techs charge big bucks to do these same tests for you – so do them first and in most cases you will get your pc running like new again.