It happens to all of us: after years of wear and tear, your computer slows down. The Internet doesn’t load as fast as it used to, you get weird pop-ups, and it takes a while to open programs. This is avoidable, though! Until recently, I had a five-year-old laptop I used daily and it’s still ridiculously fast. Using some tricks below (and not clicking on suspicious links!), I was able to increase the life of my laptop past the normal two year usable span.
It doesn’t matter if your computer is a brand new, top-of-the-line machine that cost $2,000 or if it’s five years old holding on for its dear life: your computer is only as good as the shape you keep it in. Programs are needed to maintain and optimize your computer, prevent malicious software from entering, and not overusing resources so your computer doesn’t act sluggish. Throughout all my years of computer repair, I’ve come across some great programs that cost absolutely nothing and help your computer stay in excellent condition.
When I was 13, I wanted to build a computer. It was a pretty simple goal: I wanted to buy the parts, assemble it, hope it worked, and then use it. 9 years later I’ve assembled, repaired and torn apart hundreds of computers and there’s one thing I’ve noticed when teaching people about building computers: they’re amazed how easy it is to build your own PC and how much money it can save you. With computer parts decreasing in price yearly, now’s a better time than ever before to assemble your own computer and saves hundreds–if not thousands–of dollars.