Is a slow computer cramping your WFH style? Try these solutions

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Slow computer? Try these work from home solutions. (Photo: Getty)

For many of us, it feels like a blessing to be on duty during the pandemic, but it can also feel like a curse when your computer freezes for the umpteenth time during a Zoom call, takes forever to connect to you. VPN or , worst of all, presents you with the spinning rainbow wheel of doom when you just try to load a web page.

Simply put, a slow computer has a maddening way of cramping your work-from-home style. And without an efficient IT team on site like you had in the office, you’re probably pulling your hair out right now. In a recent survey, poor internet bandwidth was a major problem for 49 percent of remote workers. Another 51 percent experienced what they call “IT pains” after switching to a work-from-home configuration. Technically, we were not prepared for this.

So the question becomes, how do you deal with that slow computing woes, especially if your other family members share the network? In addition to putting your own personal IT specialist on speed-dial numbers, try any (or all) of these strategies to speed up your PC and increase your professional productivity.

Try System Mechanic free for 30 days.  (Photo: iolo)

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First things first, make sure your computer is boosted by industry-leading software designed to accelerate performance. System Engineer is one of the best packages on the market for tuning your PC.

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System Engineer is a software package that improves PC performance by identifying and solving the root causes of your computer problems – up to 30,000 in fact. The award-winning software removes the clutter from your computer, fixes shaky Wi-Fi connections and frees up storage space to speed up your computer.

System Engineer scans your computer in real time and regularly deletes cookies. Of course, not all cookies are bad – some are designed to, for example, keep your shopping cart up to date or remember passwords for frequently visited sites – so System Mechanic also allows you cookies you don’t want it to touch.

1. Close all those extra tabs in your browser

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who close browser tabs while they are working, and those who don’t. If you fall into the latter category, it should come as no surprise that your computer is slow. And if you’re using more than one browser at a time, it’s time to clean up your act!

Every tab you open takes up precious memory and processing power. Over time, it can take a toll on your PC’s performance… even if you find each of these tabs absolutely necessary. The best way to get rid of this habit is with pure discipline.

But if you absolutely must be a tab-aholic, try a tool called BarTab Lite X in Firefox or big suspender in Chrome, which keeps tabs visible but removes the tabs you don’t use for active memory.

2. Uninstall programs you don’t use regularly

How many programs on your PC do you never use?  (Photo: Getty)

How many programs on your PC do you never use? (Photo: Getty)

“Many applications will install other software on your computer that can consume resources. If you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it and you can always reinstall it if you need to,” said cybersecurity expert Adam Levin, founder of Cyber ​​Scout.

“This goes double for uninstalling startup programs — if you have too many applications that all start up every time you boot a computer, it can add a lot of time between when you turn on the power and when you can actually use it.”

Trial versions of software already installed on your computer, outdated antivirus programs and old computer games that you never play fall under the category of apps that no longer have the right to call your computer home, especially if they’re dragging it down .

3. Remove Unnecessary Web Browser Add-ons

Web browser add-ons you don’t use “can add to the overall bloat of a web browser and slow it down, giving the impression that the whole computer is running slow,” Levin says. “Many are just spyware in disguise. Keeping your computer in top condition not only improves your online experience, it can also help make attacks from malware, viruses and spammers more apparent.”

Memory-sucking browser extensions can usually be viewed in list form — you may not even be aware that they are installed on your computer. Some browsers even let you view them in a list to see how much memory is being used and to make wiser decisions when it comes to deletion.

Remember that computers have a habit of collecting many programs that you never actually use. Before ruling out a bigger problem, such as viruses or spyware, try cleaning the house first.

4. Remove Excess Startup Programs

Startup Programs System Engineer

How many startup programs do you have? One, or a whole series? (Photo: Getty)

It’s in a program’s interest to position itself as a launcher after you’ve downloaded it – it’s like forcing your program forward. Some programs start by default unless you unsubscribe. It can add up to 10 minutes of extra boot time – and how frustrating is that when you have a Zoom first thing in the morning?

If you have multiple startups running in the background, your PC’s attention is divided and it can’t devote all its power to just one thing. That spread of memory can cause your computer to run frustratingly slow.

Take inventory and decide which ones you really need to auto-start every time you boot.

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