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Personal Computers / Laptops don’t have an endless life, with time, both software and hardware wear out. This leads to slower PC performance and overall bad experience. You may not be able to achieve same PC performance as when you bought it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a significant increase in performance. With some simple tweaks or may be some upgrades, you can easily get a boost in performance. Furthermore, if you don’t maintain your PC properly, there might be tons of obsolete data, viruses or hardware issues that may be slowing down the system. All this can be easily fixed, if you just dedicate some time to your PC and follow our Tips. Below you will find some simple tips and tricks that can be easily followed to get a significant increase in performance. Just follow all the tips that you can easily follow, and you will definitely see some positive results. Here is How To Speed up Your PC /Laptop 1. Restart your PC Before we start playing around with PC’s hardware or software, it is best to just give your PC a fresh start. While running, your PC goes through many processes, and some just keep working in the background even if you close the program. Restarting the PC is a good way to get rid of the processes and have a fresh start. When your PC will boot, there will be no additional process until you start opening and closing applications. 2. Cool it down If your PC is running straight for past 3 days (that MMORPG farming is important, but not worth the damage), then the poor thing deserves a rest. PCs slow down when they heat up, just turn it completely off for 2-3 hours and start using again. If your PC heats up quite quickly, make sure its fan is clean and use a cooling pad for your laptop (if required). 3. Adjust Computer’s Visuals for Best Performance The default option for your Windows is set to use animations and attractive themes. You can set a basic theme and disable all fancy visuals effects to get a better performance. You can do so from the “Personalize” option of your Windows, which should be in the context menu when you right-click on the desktop. You can either customize it manually or use AVG PC Tune Up to let the software select the optimum performance settings for you. 4. Use a Simple Desktop Background If your PC is having a performance issue, then never use live wallpapers or screen savers. For all the visual effects, these wallpapers use your PC resources. Windows default background is quite light, just use that. 5. Disable Windows 10 Update Bandwidth Distribution (If you are on Windows 10) By default Windows 10 uploads all the Windows 10 updates downloaded on your PC to other Windows 10 users, which uses your Bandwidth and PC resources leading to slower speed and browsing. Fortunately, you have the option to turn off this distribution. To turn off bandwidth distribution, click on “Settings” in the Start menu, and in there, click on “Update & Security”. Now click on “Advanced options” in “Windows Update” option, and click on “Choose how updates are delivered” on the next page. Here, just click on the blue slider button to turn off this feature. 6. Scan your PC for Malware and Viruses If your PC contains Viruses, Malware, Spyware, and other such bad programs, then you may see a decrease in performance. They may work hidden in the background to damage or expose your data, and in the process they also use your PC’s valuable resources. Use a good antivirus and anti-malware program to make sure your PC is clean. For this purpose, Avast Antivirus and Malwarebytes (anti-malware) are great tools. 7. Clean Registry Windows keeps all the system and application changes in the registry, and with time some entries may obsolete and slow down Windows processes. Thankfully, there are many registry cleaning tools that will clean the registry for you. The most simple and free to use tool for this will be Wise Registry Cleaner. It has one-click operation, and it is extremely light and powerful tool. 8. Defrag the Hard Drive As you add data in your PC, the data gets scattered all over the hard drive and makes it hard for the system to search for files. You can defrag the hard drive to arrange data in a sequence so the system could easily find the specified file. Windows comes with this feature built-in, just type “Disk Defragmenter” in the start menu search and you will find the tool. Run it on all your drives and you should see a slightly smooth performance. You can also try a Third-party defragmentation tool that may also offer some added features. For this purpose, you can use IObit’s Smart Defrag, which is a feature rich. 9. Disable Startup Programs Startup programs can slow down your PC boot time and leave processes in the background that slow down your PC performance. To disable startup programs, press Windows+R and type in “msconfig” in “Run” dialog. Now, navigate to the “Startup” tab and you will find all the programs that startup with your PC. Just uncheck all the programs you don’t want to start with the PC and click on “OK” to apply changes. 10. Clean up your Browser Data While browsing, your browser stores all the temporary data in your PC that will not get automatically deleted. It will slow down your PC, your browsing and take unrequired space on your hard drive. You can use a dedicated tool to clean your PC and the browser to get some performance boost. For this purpose, CCleaner is a renowned tool that will get the job done for free. Just download the tool and scan your PC to find and delete all the unrequired data. Furthermore, if you are facing slow speed while browsing, then you should also delete all the unwanted add-ons and extensions. 11. Don’t use Google Chrome Although, Google Chrome is one of the best browsers, but it is also very resource hungry. Your PC might not be able to handle Google Chrome, which leads to slower browsing. Fortunately, there are many light Google Chrome alternatives that are very resource friendly and offer the similar features as Chrome. You can use browsers such as, Firefox, Opera or Safari (if you are a Mac user), instead of Chrome. 12. Delete Duplicate Files With time, your PC may build-up duplicate files like media files, documents or even system files due to copy/pasting between device or any other similar reasons. These files are useless to the PC, and just take up space and get in the way of system while find other data. You can use a good third-party duplicate file deleter to view and get rid of all duplicate files. A good tool for this would be Duplicate Cleaner, which will let you filter and delete duplicate files. However, check each and every file you are about to delete as you may delete a duplicate system file that may be required by the system. 13. Use a PC Performance boosting Software There are many PC performance booster tool available both free and paid that will optimize your PC for best performance. These tools don’t swing a magic wand to increase performance, they just get rid of all the junk and tweak your system settings for optimum performance. So don’t expect unrealistic results, if your PC is messed up you may get a huge performance boost and vice versa. The best free tools for this purpose are IObit Advanced System Care Free and Glary Utilities. If you are looking for a paid tool with more features then you might like to try out iolo System Mechanic. 14. Get rid of Unrequired Programs/Softwares There is a chance you or any other app might have installed different programs that you may never need. These programs take up precious space and also get in the way of system while it is searching for other data. There is no automatic process, you will have to manually check the programs you don’t need and delete them. In Windows, just type “Uninstall Programs” in the Start menu search and select “Uninstall programs”. You will see all the programs installed in your PC, double-click on the program you want to uninstall. Furthermore, make sure your “Recycle bin” is empty, as deleted programs still take space as long as they are in the “Recycle bin”. 15. Turn off background process If there are any programs that are working in the background, such as cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, etc), updaters, uploaders and monitoring software, etc., turn them off. Background processes eat up your PC’s resources while you are working on an important task, so it is better to turn them off when you don’t need them. 16. Upgrade to Latest OS Version Make sure you have the latest Version of the OS you are using. For example, if you are a Windows user, then make sure you Upgrade to Windows 10 (which is free, actually). New versions of OS are more stable and offer better security, features and performance. Although, do check the system requirements for a particular OS before upgrading. If your PC can’t handle it, it may lead to decrease in performance. 17. Upgrade RAM All of the running programs in your PC use PC’s RAM to run. So, the more programs you want to run, the more RAM you will need. You can increase the RAM by purchasing more RAM and adding it to your PC. However, if you don’t know which RAM to get and how to add it, then go to your near computer shop and let them handle it or get advice. 18. Use ReadyBoost There is also a way to get more RAM using one of your USB flash drives. The free space in a USB flash drive (compatible one) can be turned into RAM for your PC using the “ReadyBoost” feature of USB drives. Just insert a USB drive with some empty space (at least 256 MB), and go to its properties by right-clicking on it. If the USB is compatible, you will see a “ReadyBoost” tab in properties, navigate to it. Now, select the option “Use this device” and set how much RAM you want to use from the below slider. Your PC will immediately accept it and use all the specified space as PC RAM, leading to big boost in performance. 19. Use a Bigger hard drive or SSD If you are low on storage space, then you might see some slow performance. either free up a lot of space by deleting data or buy bigger hard drive and move all the data to it. If you can afford to buy an SSD, then it is a far better option when it comes to speed. SSDs use chips to store data, not physical parts. This is why they are very fast as compared to standard hard drives. But they are almost double the price of a hard drive, so make your decision accordingly. 20. Reinstall Windows If you think your PC is just too much bloated and full of bad softwares, then you might like to get rid of everything and start over again. Reinstalling Windows will delete all the data inside it, so make sure you have backup of all your important data before reinstalling. You can reinstall Windows from the “Backup and Restore” option of Windows. This will factory reset your Windows and make it same as it came when you bought it. 21. Remove Bloatware Bloatware are built-in programs added by software companies when you buy the PC. They are there to reduce the cost of the machine you are buying by profiting from the software companies. These softwares just startup with your PC and keep eating up resource in the background and also take up precious space. However, you are not bound to have them installed in your PC to use Windows. Just uninstall all the bloatware programs using the standard uninstall process, if you don’t need them, of course. If you will factory reset afterwards, all the bloatware will again get installed. So it is recommended that you create a custom image after deleting all the bloatware. SEE ALSO: How To Optimize Internet Speed (15 Tips) Conclusion Most of the above mentioned methods are completely free to use and very effective. However, you are free to checkout paid alternatives as well to gain the best results. You should also know the limits of your PC while following the above tips. If your PC is not powerful enough, it may not be able to handle the tasks you want it to do. You can checkout your PC specifications by pressing Windows+R keys and typing “Dxdiag” in the “Run” dialog. This will show all your PC hardware and software specifications, keep them in mind while trying to run multiple or resource hungry programs. Note: Whether you are running Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 or XP, these tips will definitely help you to speed up your slow PC.
PCs don’t have an endless life, and unfortunately, we depend on them for saving all of our important data but PCs do get corrupt, and hard drive crashing is also a very normal thing, so it’s sensible to back up our data to protect it from such events of misfortune. Thankfully, there are many backup software available that will let you create a complete backup of all your important data to an external hard drive or to the cloud storage. Although, most of these tools are paid, but there are some free software or plans as well. You just need to decide whether the data you want to backup is worth paying for or not. We created this list of best backup software, including software of every type to accommodate different needs. You just need to find the one that fits your needs perfectly and give it a try. 1. Acronis Backup for PC Acronis Backup is a feature rich backup software offering features to die for. Although, it offers many backup programs for individuals, businesses and even backup of servers, but we are only going to review Acronis Backup for PC. It is a paid software with a 30-day fully featured free trial (requires you to open an account to use). Acronis will create a full backup of your system to an external drive that can be easily customized. You can also save the data on the same hard drive by creating a separate partition and protecting it with Acronis. If the hard drive gets corrupted, you will still be able to recover data from it that you backed up. One of its main feature is True Image of your hard drive. With this feature, Acronis will create an Image of your whole hard drive, including all the data, OS, and system and application settings. This Image can be restored to another hard drive or the same drive with just few clicks. This means you can literally copy your PC’s whole software to a different hardware without messing anything up. Apart from storage on physical devices, Acronis also lets you create a backup or True Image over their secured Cloud storage service. However, you will have to buy the cloud storage space separately. Although, it seems a bit complicated software, but it makes backup and restoring a few clicks thing. Key Features: Full PC Image backup and restore, Automatic scheduled backup, Backup over same hard drive and Cloud backup. Supported File Systems: FAT16/32, NTFS, Linux SWAP Pricing: Free trial and after that, $89/year. Cloud Storage can be bought for $179 / 1 TB. Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP Download Now 2. CrashPlan CrashPlan is an all round backup software that will satisfy the needs of most people. Both its pricing and features are worth considering, and it even offers a free plan. It will let you backup files to an external storage drive, any other computer on your network and to their online storage with unlimited space. Furthermore, it also encrypts all the data backed up for maximum security. In its free plan, you will get free unlimited backup to external drives or other computers over your network. All the data will be encrypted with 128-bit encryption and once a day, your data will be synced to ensure it is updated. But, if you are serious about backing up your data and want some other amazing features, then you can get them all for $55.99/year. In paid plan, you get everything available in free plan plus unlimited online storage over CrashPlan’s safe servers. Your data will be protected with 448-bit encryption (good luck breaking that!) and your data will be synced every minute. As your data is also available online now, you can access it from anywhere using CrashPlan mobile app or web interface. Key Features: Unlimited Storage, storage to other computers over the network and 448-bit encryption. Pricing: Free with limited features, $59.99/year for 1 computer and $149.99 /year for up to 10 computers. Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, up to Mac OS X 10.10 and Linux Download Now 3. O&O AutoBackup 5 If the above powerful backup solutions seem a bit overpriced or too much for your needs, then you might like to try out a simple backup solution like O&O AutoBackup. This software doesn’t offer many features or advanced security, but it does a well job of basic backing up and syncing at a low price of just $29.95 with life-time access. When it comes to features, you can backup all your hard drive data to any external storage device just by plugging in and confirming. That is pretty much it when it comes to backing up files, there is no cloud storage service, you will have to depend on your own physical storage devices. The backed up data will be synced whenever the external storage device is connected to the PC. This ensures all your backed up data stays updated. You can also customize which data to backup and when to backup. The backup saved on the external storage device can be easily navigated and tweaked even without O&O AutoBackup 5. Key Features: Simple interface, Automatic backup and sync and low price. Price: Free trial with a lifetime license for $29.95/one PC. Compatibility: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 Download Now 4. Paragon Backup & Recovery 15 Home This is again one of the best backup software that is quite feature rich and also comes at a cheap price as compared to its competitors. It offers full control over backups and makes recovery a snap even in situations of corrupt system. You can easily specify which data to back up, including individual data, partitions or the whole hard drive. The data can be saved to external storage devices or another computer connected to your network. Restoring process is also same and can be easily customized to restore specific data or the whole backup. It can also create an Image of your Hard disk, including OS & its settings and all apps & their settings, making it easy to move everything to a new system. It has a new feature called Recovery Media Builder 3.0 that will create a bootable recovery of your system. In case your system corrupts, you can boot from this recovery to recover data. You can also mount the backed up drive as network drive to access from other systems. Key Features: Customizable Backup and restore options, Create full System Image and create bootable media of your System. Supported File Systems: NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1), FAT16, FAT32, Linux Swap. Pricing: Free 30 trial and a paid version for $39.95 with lifetime access for 1 PC. Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Download Now 5. AOMEI Backupper AOMEI Backupper is a decent backup software with both free and paid options. You can create backup of your Windows and all its settings to revert to it when required, and you get full control over what to backup. You can backup individual files/folders, partitions and disks. A backup schedule can be created along with full backup sync to ensure all your files are properly backed up. While creating a backup the software will not mess with any of the process and you can keep using all the apps and the system without worrying. The data can be backed on external storage devices or PC’s own hard drive and you can also save it to NAS (Network-Attached Storage). Its free version offers all the backup and restore options, but it lacks some side features, such as disk space management, system clone, Command Line backup and Backup Image merge. The professional version offers all these features that Standard version lacks. There is also a Server version which will let you backup data from data servers, perfect for businesses. Key Features: Full backup options for free, full control over backup & restore and Create full system clone. Pricing: Free version will limited features and a Professional version for a price of $49 for lifetime for 2 PCs. Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP Download Now Cloud Storage Backup Services If you only want to backup documents, images, videos or some important files then you must go for Cloud Storage services because they provide great accessibility and syncing across various devices, plus they are either free or are available at very low cost. Although, they are not official backup apps to backup your PC data or provide dedicated solution, but they do a great job of backing up and syncing important data. You will have to add the files you want to backup manually in most cases, so keep these hiccups in mind. 6. Google Drive Google Drive is one of the best cloud storage service you could find. It comes with your Google Account which most of the people already have and it integrates well with other Google services. With Google Drive, you get free space of 15 GB to which you can use to upload all your data such as photos, audio files, videos, documents, etc. It is a shared storage with your Gmail and Google docs, etc., so keep that in mind while filling up the space. You can pay for extra space for just $2/month for 100 GB space. You data is accessible from all major mobile and desktop platforms and even on the web. Key Features: 15 GB free storage and integration with Google services. Pricing: Free 15 GB and $2/month for 100 GB and $9.99/month for 1 TB space Compatibility: Web, Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS Get Google Drive 7. Dropbox Dropbox is a simple to use cloud storage service with powerful feature and compatibility. You can easily move files to the dropbox folder in your PC and they will be uploaded and synced over every device. You get free storage of just 2 GB that can be increased to up to 18 GB by referring other people to Dropbox. It covers wide range of platforms, which makes sure you get to access your data from almost everywhere. If the free space is not enough, you can get 1 TB space for $10/month. Key Features: Multi-platform support and very simple to use Pricing: Up to 18 GB of space achievable for free and 1TB space for $10/month, which can be billed for $99/year. Compatibility: Web, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire and BlackBerry Get DropBox 8. Microsoft OneDrive Just like Google Drive integrates with Google products, OneDrive integrates with Microsoft products. It is built in to Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, and you can save all your office online documents into it. You will get free storage space of 15 GB and its paid plans are also quite cheap where 1 TB space only costs $6.99/month. If you are a Windows user with at least one more Windows based device, then you should definitely try out Microsoft OneDrive. Key Features: Integrates with Microsoft products, Cheap pricing and 15 GB of free space Pricing: Free 15 GB space and paid storage costing $1.99/month for 100 GB, $3.99/month for 200 GB and $6.99/month for 1 TB space. Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS X , Android, iOS, Windows Phone Get OneDrive 9. Box Box is specifically created for businesses, although it doesn’t all individual accounts, but its features work best for business use. There main focus is on privacy and collaboration, you can easily share the uploaded files with other people (employees, preferably) and even add comments and specify who can access data and who can’t. You will get 10 GB of free space with your Box account and you can get 100 GB of space for $6/month. For individuals, it might be a bit pricy, but for businesses it offers unlimited storage for up to 3 users just for $17/month. If you want to backup your data and also want to collaborate on it, then Box is the way to go. Key Features: Collaboration tools with extra security of Data, All business related features available and unlimited storage package. Pricing: Free 10 GB space and $6/month for 100 GB and $17/month for unlimited space for up to 3 users. Compatibility: Web, Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry Get Box 10. iCloud If you are Apple products user, then you might like to use iCloud for backing up your data. It offers complete solutions for iOS, Mac OS X and even Windows. However, it is only limited to these operating systems, making it a bit limited service. You can get a free space of 5 GB that can be increased 1 TB for $9.99/month. While opting for iCloud just keep in mind that you will be only able to access your files from Apple devices or Windows for desktop. Features: Integrates with Apple devices and offers multiple packages Pricing: Free 5 GB space and 50 GB extra space for $0.99/month, 200 GB space for $2.99/month and 1 TB space for $9.99/month Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac OS X, and Windows PC Get iCloud SEE ALSO: 21 Tips To Speed Up Your PC Conclusion The above mentioned backup software and services have different features, some are very feature rich but expensive and others offer reliable backup features at a good cost or even free. The Cloud storage options are also worth considering, being able to access your important data from anywhere is a blessing of its own.
When Apple announced the late 2016 line of MacBook Pros, the brand new Touch Bar was the upgrade that got the most attention (and the 16 GB RAM limit). For better or for worse, the Touch Bar got a lot of people talking, and discussing the pros, and cons of such an interface. However, another […]
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Founded in 1997 by Russian entrepreneur Yevgeny Valentinovich Kaspersky, the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has become one of the most respected names in the world of cyber-security, with its endpoint security software solutions employed by millions of home users, businesses and government agencies the world over. However, a recent report suggests that Kaspersky Labs may have close […]
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