Few things are more frustrating than a slow computer when you’re just trying to be productive at work. 

Even if waiting a few extra seconds for a website or file to open may not seem like a big deal in the moment to you, the time it wastes adds up. With regular maintenance, you can easily maximize your work computer performance.

Try out these tips to get the most out of your computer at work. 

SCAN FOR AND REMOVE VIRUSES 

It’s possible to have viruses on your computer and not even know it. Hidden viruses, malware, or ransomware can cause major issues on your computer, so make sure you have antivirus software installed. If you don’t already have antivirus software on your computer, ask your IT team what your company uses. Antivirus software can scan for and remove viruses. When removing any viruses, disconnect your connection to the internet and have your computer in safe mode.

After removing any viruses, your computer should function more quickly than before. To prevent future cyberattacks, follow good cybersecurity habits, like being cautious of links and creating strong passwords. 

DEFRAGMENT YOUR HARD DRIVE 

Disk fragmentation is a normal process that happens on computers when a file is broken up into different pieces in order to fit on the disk. Files are always being written, resized, and deleted, so fragmentation is natural. When a file is spread out this way, though, it slows down disk performance. 

Defragmentation is the process of consolidating the files and reorganizing the data that’s stored on your hard drive. 

When you search for defragmentation in your taskbar, you can analyze your disk to find out if you should defragment your hard drive. It’s a good idea to defragment overnight since it can take some time. When you defragment your hard drive, programs on your computer will be able to run faster and your computer will be able to open files quicker. 

DELETE BLOATWARE

It’s common for computers to come preloaded with applications from the manufacturer. These applications — known as bloatware — generally aren’t necessary for you to do your job and put a strain on your computer’s resources. 

You can view all the applications on your computer by going to settings and clicking on applications. From there, determine which ones you need and uninstall the ones you don’t. Removing unnecessary applications will free up disk space and random access memory (RAM) as well as make room for applications that are more useful to you. 

REDUCE APPLICATIONS THAT STARTUP AUTOMATICALLY 

Programs that startup as soon as you log in can slow down your computer by tying up your RAM. Some applications, like antivirus software, are useful to have running in the background, but it isn’t necessary for your favorite music player or messaging program to start running automatically.

To find out which applications are starting up right away, go to your settings and click on applications. From here, you can take control of what programs are configured to start when you log in to your computer. 

CLEAR YOUR BROWSING DATA 

When you open a website on your computer, your browser saves cookies and caches copies of the websites you visit. By clearing your browsing history, cache, and cookies, your browser will be able to load pages more quickly. Doing this also protects your personal information and prevents websites from tracking your activity.  

You can clear your browsing data by going to the settings, preferences, or privacy page of your browser. Safari, Chrome, and some other applications also offer the option to have your history automatically deleted after a certain amount of time, like a three-month cycle. 

REGULARLY REBOOT YOUR COMPUTER 

In the midst of technological issues, most people have been asked the question, “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” It sounds like an obvious question, but it’s asked for a reason. Rebooting your computer really does make a difference.  

Programs take up part of your RAM when they’re opened. As that memory gets used, you may start to encounter longer wait times to load pages. If a program doesn’t close correctly, it keeps using memory even if it’s not open, but when you restart your computer, it flushes the memory and starts fresh.

Getting in the habit of restarting your computer at least once a week is a simple way to increase computer performance. Restarting your computer can fix glitches, help with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity problems, and reset your RAM. 

INCREASE MEMORY AND PROCESSING POWER 

Your computer could still not be functioning at optimal speed even after you’ve done all you can. That’s a sign it’s time to increase your computer’s memory and processing power.

Adding RAM to your computer to increase memory capacity is easier to do on a desktop computer than a laptop. You’ll just need to find out how much RAM your computer can support, make sure you have enough RAM slots, and get the same type of memory that is compatible with your computer.

BE PROACTIVE 

At Cornerstone Technologies, our team consists of experts in technology performance and cyber security. We know the ins and outs of how to keep your work technology safe and performing at its peak so you can focus on meeting your company’s goals. Contact us today to find out how we can work with your business to take care of the day-to-day security and operation of your systems.