COMPUTER 101–Speed up your computer:

The Mouse Trap
by Janis Weber

Speed up your computer:
Those who have dealt with a computer that’s slow or lagging know how frustrating it can be. The spinning circle on a Mac or delayed response time on a PC can cause major headaches, whether you’re in the midst of a work project or just trying to browse the web. Computers can start running slowly for several reasons, whether it’s six months or six years old. At times, it can be caused by outdated or cheap hardware, but in other cases, the issues are due to problems like glitchy downloads. If you’re dealing with a dragging cursor or slow load times, it’s time to take some steps to clean up the computer. Luckily, that’s pretty simple to do.
Most computers come preloaded with unwanted apps and software. Whether it’s free game trials or apps never used, this bloatware needs to be removed ASAP. Otherwise, it can slow the computer down and eat up valuable storage space. If the computer is lagging due to an excess of bloatware or crapware, it’s relatively simple to remove it. On a PC, use the Windows’ default uninstaller to get rid of unwanted apps. Or, use a program designed to get rid of any trace of the software instead. Revo Uninstaller is a good option; plus it’s free.

To speed up the computer, it’s wise to run native Disk Cleanup or another similar utility on the desktop. Doing this removes unnecessary files, temporary files and other unneeded junk that’s lingering in the files. This, in turn, speeds up the computer. To delete temporary files, in the search box on the taskbar, type disk cleanup, and select Disk Cleanup from the list of results. Select the drive you want to clean up and then select OK. Under Files to Delete, select the file types to get rid of. To get a description of the file type, select it. Select OK.
The downloads folder can cause a computer to slow down significantly if it’s not cleared out on a regular basis. Take the time to clear out the old downloads folder, files and other space hogs to speed up the computer. Do it the old school way. Open up the downloads folder and sort by size. Find anything big you don’t need anymore and start deleting.
People may be surprised to learn that the browser they use can have a significant effect on the computer’s resources. The wrong one can slow it down every time they browse the internet. Google Chrome is a notorious resource hog. Try the Firefox or the newly updated Edge. To speed up a Mac, if the browser is the issue, consider switching to Safari, which tends to run much faster on Macs.
This last tip is perhaps the simplest way to keep a computer running at top speed: Keep up with regular updates. These knock out bugs, keep it safe from security holes and can often make things run a little smoother. In the search, type in Windows Update. Follow the prompts to the page that will start scanning for any updates. Download and install everything new.

Sylvania Senior Center Classes
New classes with be held as soon as the center reopens. Check the SSC newsletter and website for the most current information. Included will be Windows 10 Computers Basics, Facebook, Microsoft Word, Google Docs and iPhone/iPad. If you have a topic and know some folks who are interested, call the Senior Center and ask for Susan Jennelle at 419-885-3913. Limited seating fills fast so call ASAP to reserve a spot. We are considering an Excel Club. Interested? Call the SSC.

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Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training & Support, is a professional computer adjunct instructor. E-mail any specific questions or comments to
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