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Quick and easy ways to speed up your computer

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1. Defrag Disk to Speed Up Access to Data

One of the factors that slow the performance of the computer is disk fragmentation. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. To speed up the response time, you should monthly run Disk Defragmenter, a Windows utility that defrags and consolidates fragmented files for quicker computer response.

* Follow Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter * Click the drives you want to defrag and click Analyze * Click Defragment

2. Detect and Repair Disk Errors

Over time, your hard disk develops bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing difficult or even impossible. To detect and repair disk errors, Windows has a built-in tool called the Error Checking utility. Itll search the hard disk for bad sectors and system errors and repair them for faster performance.

* Follow Start > My Computer * In My Computer right-click the hard disk you want to scan and click Properties * Click the Tools tab * Click Check Now * Select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box * Click Start

3. Disable Indexing Services

Indexing Services is a little application that uses a lot of CPU. By indexing and updating lists of all the files on the computer, it helps you to do a search for something faster as it scans the index list. But if you know where your files are, you can disable this system service. It wont do any harm to you machine, whether you search often or not very often.

* Go to Start * Click Settings * Click Control Panel * Double-click Add/Remove Programs * Click the Add/Remove Window Components * Uncheck the Indexing services * Click Next 4. Optimize Display Settings

Windows XP is a looker. But it costs you system resources that are used to display all the visual items and effects. Windows looks fine if you disable most of the settings and leave the following:

* Show shadows under menus * Show shadows under mouse pointer * Show translucent selection rectangle * Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop * Use visual styles on windows and buttons

5. Speedup Folder Browsing

You may have noticed that everytime you open My Computer to browse folders that there is a little delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing speed, you can disable the 'Automatically search for network folders and printers' option.

6. Disable Performance Counters

Windows XP has a performance monitor utility which monitors several areas of your PCs performance. These utilities take up system resources so disabling is a good idea.

* Download and install the Extensible Performance Counter List ( * Then select each counter in turn in the Extensible performance counters window and clear the performance counters enabled checkbox at the bottom button below

7. Optimize Your Pagefile

You can optimize your pagefile. Setting a fixed size to your pagefile saves the operating system from the need to resize the pagefile.

* Right click on My Computer and select Properties * Select the Advanced tab * Under Performance choose the Settings button * Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change * Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.

Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512MB or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.

8. Remove Fonts for Speed

Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.

* Open Control Panel * Open Fonts folder * Move fonts you dont need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:\FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.

9. Use a Flash Memory to Boost Performance

To improve performance, you need to install additional RAM memory. Itll let you boot your OS much quicker and run many applications and access data quicker. There is no easiest and more technically elegant way to do it than use eBoostr (

eBoostr is a little program that lets you improve a performance of any computer, powered by Windows XP in much the same way as Vistas ReadyBoost. With eBoostr, if you have a flash drive, such as a USB flash thumb drive or an SD card, you can use it to make your computer run better. Simply plug in a flash drive through a USB socket and Windows XP will use eBoostr to utilize the flash memory to improve performance.

The product shows the best results for frequently used applications and data, which becomes a great feature for people who are using office programs, graphics applications or developer tools. Itll surely attract a special attention of laptop owners as laptop upgrade is usually more complicated and laptop hard drives are by definition slower than those of desktops.

10. Perform a Boot Defragment

Theres a simple way to speed up XP startup: make your system do a boot defragment, which will put all the boot files next to one another on your hard disk. When boot files are in close proximity to one another, your system will start faster.

On most systems, boot defragment should be enabled by default, but it might not be on yours, or it might have been changed inadvertently. To make sure that boot defragment is enabled:

* Run the Registry Editor * Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction * Set the Enable string value to Y if it is not already set to Y. * Exit the Registry * Reboot

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Are Super anti spyware any effective?

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The multi-dimensional scanning and process interrogation technology of a super anti spyware can detect hidden spyware that has for so long remained concealed within the system. Your new super anti spyware will come with the following features...

* It will be able to detect to remove adware, spyware, malware, Trojans, dialers, hijackers, key loggers and many more threat types.

* Using the super anti spyware, you can quickly carry out a custom scanning of your hard drives, memory, removable drives and the registry files.

* You are able to exclude folders and trust items for total scanning customization.

* You can repair Internet connections that are broken, desktops, and do registry editing.

* Checks over 50 critical points of the system every time the system starts and shuts to stop threats.

* Blocking threats in real-time is possible with the super anti spyware. Also prevents hijackers, dialers, worms, adware, spyware etc from being reinstalled.

* Registry protection to prevent hijackers and other threats.

* Auto scanning when the computer starts to ensure there are no problems every day.

* Automatic checking for updates for definition and software every 8-hour.

* System diagnostic for locating new threats in the PC.

Despite all the facilities provided by a super anti spyware, there are still some problems that persist because of faulty routine. For example, when the days work is over and the machines are left for automatic checking by the software, checking becomes random and erratic. This vulnerability can allow Trojans to access the system and so track all online activity.

It may be noted here that super anti spyware programs that are available free may not offer all the features and the advantages. And so when you want a super anti spyware, you should always go for a paid service.

Author, Mike Barton is a freelance reviewer. He specializes in consumer reviews of anti spyware products.
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