8 tips to optimise your computer

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If your computer is running slow, here are some steps to speed it up.

1) Uninstall any programs that you do not use anymore.

2) Run a deep level virus scan. Within the advanced options of your antivirus program you will have the ability to run a deep level antivirus that will run a complete scan of your entire hard drive.

3) Disk Cleanup. This is a tool available within Windows that will cleanup files that can be safely removed from your computer.

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4) Malware Bytes. A free program (a paid version is also available) that will scan your computer, identity any malicious files (usually used to hijack your browser with ads) and remove them.

5) Ccleaner. This free program (a paid version is also available) will scan your computer and give you the ability to remove temporary files and old registry files. https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

6) Defragment. Windows has the ability to move files on the hardrive from one location to another. Moving this data into consolidated blocks improves the speed at which your computer can retrieve data.

Note: If you have a solid state drive it is not advisable to defragment this. You should disable automatic defragmentation within Windows.

7) Check RAM with Windows Memory Diagnostic. Sometimes RAM can fail but not cause any obvious problems, apart from your computer running slow. You can check the amount of reported RAM within Windows. If it is less than expected you may need to replace this.

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8) Limit startup programs. Some programs when installed will set themselves to automatically launch when the computer is turned on. This can cause your computer to take longer to startup and become fully responsive. Using Task Manager (Windows 10) or MsConfig for previous versions of Windows allows you to disable these programs.

Malware Removal

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Malware Removal

What is Malware?

Malware is a blanket term used to describe any computer program that is created with the intention of harming a computer, the data stored on it, or intercepting information and sending it on to cyber thieves.

Unfortunately, malware is very much a part of modern life when using a computer.

It is easy to be caught out by an infected installer or by whizzing through the install process of a piece of software and inadvertently agreeing to an unwanted program.

So what are the options for malware removal?

The tools we use for malware removal are:

There are three programs that we turn to when it comes to removing Malware from computers.

These tools are either free, free for home users or free for 30days.

 

Malwarebytes_logoMalware Bytes

Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software

Visit the website: https://www.malwarebytes.org/

 

 

HitmanProHitman Pro

Designed to discover viruses, trojans, rootkits, spyware and other malware on up-to-date and fully protected computers.

Website: https://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro

 

spybot_logo_largeSpybot Search and Destroy

Free Malware Removal Tool removes Malware, Spyware, Rootkits, Adware

Website: https://www.safer-networking.org/

 

 

 

So far, using a combination of these three, we have not encountered any malware that could not be removed.

We recommend installing the above programs, running them all, restarting your machine and then running them again.


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