Computer speed tips
This document outlines several tried‑and‑true methods to speed up and maintain the performance of your computer.
Document 1012 ¦ Last updated: 09/28/2017 RR2
To keep your computer quick, you should reboot regularly, stay current on updates, clean your PC often, and configure your security software to work with the programs you use.
If you're experiencing slowness, try the following:
The temp folder contains files that are only needed on a temporary basis. Windows doesn't always delete these files after their job is done, resulting in wasted drive space. To delete unused files in your temp directory, choose a tab below.
The exact process for configuring your antivirus software depends on which antivirus you use. Ultimately, all you need to do is exclude a la mode program directories from "on‑access" scans. These scans are perfect when you receive files from unknown parties or locations, but when you scan a known file (like those within TOTAL) every time you access it, it can considerably slow down your PC. We've compiled the a la mode program directories you need to whitelist in one document — click here to view it.
Contact your antivirus software manufacturer if you need further assistance.
Firewalls can be even more intrusive than antivirus when not properly configured. After all, they're intended to examine each and every transaction that takes place on your computer. To avoid interference, we recommend configuring your firewall to "trust" TOTAL.
The exact process for configuring your firewall depends on the type of firewall that you use. Go to support document 2500 to view a complete list of a la mode program directories, and contact your software manufacturer if you need exact directions.
Disk Cleanup removes the files that Windows no longer needs. Since these files can accumulate over time, slowness and errors are likely if you don't regularly clean your hard drive. To run it:
Every week we hear from someone that has been infected by spyware. Your computer may have contracted a series of malware programs as you've been browsing the Internet. a la mode doesn't officially recommend any particular brand of antivirus or antimalware, but there are a number of commonly‑used scanning tools available for free on the Internet.
In addition, many paid security suites now come bundled with anti‑spyware utilities. One word of advice: more is not better when it comes to antivirus and antimalware. The more programs you run, the more likely you are to accidentally eliminate a legitimate file on your computer. Limit yourself to one or two programs at most.
Note that some of the following items may require the assistance of a local technician.