The More you use it the Slower your Computer Performs

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 6th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/427gmztl/
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Do you remember the first time you used your current computer and the browser? It was fast, stunningly fast, and now it simply doesn't perform even though it is the same machine, albeit no longer shiny and new.

The Operating System

Computers need the reliability of their operating system and the truth is they have become extremely complex in the modern world, wouldn't it be great if your computer performed the same today as it did the day you first purchased it? That complexity is great when it comes to providing the power to solve problems but it can be an issue when there is devious software out to attack your system.

What chance does a simple piece of straight shooting software that you need to use most days of the week have in performing reliably when you need it?

Think about it a little, there are hundreds of malicious bits of software released every day and their sole purpose - to hack your system, steal your personal information, perhaps steal your money, or even your digital life. This has reached epidemic proportions, especially since many software installations or updates come with unwanted extras and many of these make changes to all the browsers you have installed and not only reset all your settings but change your browsing experience and worse some of these updates happen in the background without your knowledge.

To be clear these extras are not always viruses but they are mal-ware in the sense that they make undesirable changes, including the removal of all your existing settings and defaults. Trouble is you spend so much time cleaning up after them and you probably stop using the software you downloaded in a matter of days, and of course with our browsers we wish to make them have all the best features, especially since they are such an important part of our lives, given they are often our daily interface to the world.

The Browser

The browser is actually another operating system, one that gives us access to the Internet, so we want rapid response with everything we do, yet how many of those updates impact our browsing? Truth is large number do, even what you are loading has nothing to do with the Internet. The other aspect here is that so many pages carry advertising, especially video based ads which all takes time to load, all that seems to imply that you need a faster browser!

That sounds like a good idea! So what is the fastest browser available today? Well it turns out that it is the one I am already using. No help there then.

The principle challenge here is we expect instantaneous everything in the modern world and that is perhaps led by the things we browse for and the worst news about some rogue items that attack your browser is when you get rid of them they reappear the very next time you use the Internet, unless you edit your configuration information, which is really something only an expert should consider.

All that extra Software you use

How much software do you have on your computer and how often do you use it? Gone are the days when we need to have everything installed on your machine. Perhaps you should investigate whether there is a tool available on the cloud instead of installing it on your local computer, there are so many applications today that do not need to be installed locally and this is as true for small businesses as it is for big business as for personal use, even the old reliable favourites, such as Word and Excel, no longer need to be installed as their are cloud-based alternatives that are as effective to use.

Truth is installing software is no longer necessary to obtain the benefits offered in the computer era.

Unnecessary Junk

Rule number one when adding new functionality is that you add only what you need and nothing else, watch out for those optional extras, they sound necessary but rarely are, un-check all boxes that have no relevance to what you are installing, chances are you don't need that free virus check that is offered (indeed most slow your computer down), neither do you need to have those browser tool-bars installed.

The worst thing about many of these installations is that they seem so innocent and we always think that we need them, trouble is we don't and some of them seem to get installed, even when we un-check the box, you have to be more and more careful with everything you install. If in doubt always say NO!

Surely this is just a Windows problem? No, this happens for a wide range of devices and certainly includes Apple computers. Part of the problem here is that the software is not seen as a virus and furthermore virus detection software isn't capable of cleaning it up, although there are some software products that can clear away the grime - but most of these are not reliable so BUYER BEWARE because most are not worth the money you need to pay to clean up!

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author avatar Shamarie
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Very informative, Peter, and thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Peter for sharing this article. I've only had my computer for a few days. It is running at the speed of light. I've managed to finish off three computers over an extended period of time. My last one just froze up and it needed to go. I write so many articles and I'm always using my computer. I really have to be careful with what I put on this new computer. Thank you for the reminder.

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author avatar Carol Roach
7th Jan 2015 (#)

for me the computer is a means to an end. My son fixes mine when it is down

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author avatar spirited
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks for the info Peter.

Another problem is if you have more than one browser installed these so-called helper add-ons will attach themselves to these other browsers too.

I tend to not use installed programs anymore. There are a couple of people out there that make very good portable versions of most everything that you will need.

These are much safer to use, I find. They do not mess with your operating system.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Jan 2015 (#)

That is the worst of it I use Chrome for a couple of applications that are best suited to that environment, it is the one time in a blue moon when you do use it that also fails.

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author avatar viewgreen
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Informative article and great investigation about. Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jan 2015 (#)

The electronics engineer in the family says viruses are created by the same nerds that create virus-protection software and want to sell it to the unsuspecting. Notice how many virus warnings come with a sign-up for software to fix the virus. As you said, always say NO.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Not quite true, but many of the virus creators do send their best efforts to the virus protection teams.

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author avatar Val Mills
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Good advice for people like myself who don't really have a clue what they're doing!

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author avatar snerfu
8th Jan 2015 (#)

I don't know an application from a computer plug (if there is one). However, it sounds ominous to me...perhaps there is more rain in the clouds than there seems to be.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you for this very helpful and detailed information! I wish my son lived closer so that he could help me with my computer. He is an IT specialist.

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author avatar Ptrikha
9th Jan 2015 (#)

Too many softwares slow our system, and as a thumb rule if our Hard drives are used up to > 80% on Windows O/S, system performance degrades rapidly.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Jan 2015 (#)

Pitfalls of modern life, thanks Peter, Sometimes in computer speak (with virus hiding), a no means yes just like how the other gender keeps men guessing, none here of course!)

I was trying to log on to Wikinut using I-pad and was getting diverted to another site, thankfully it has been fixed for now. We are more led than in charge unless one is prepared to understand how the whole thing works but the issue is everything changes by the day! siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
9th Jan 2015 (#)

I have spoken with many experts who would like to see these "sponsored installs" made illegal but they believe that is unlikely to happen.

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author avatar Claudia J. Rodriguez
12th Jan 2015 (#)

I enjoyed your article. Wish I had read it before I took a course in how computers work and before I learned these things the hard way!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Jan 2015 (#)

these are the things they do not teach on basic "how to" classes.

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