How to Quickly and Easily clean your Slow Computer of Viruses and Malware

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If your PC suddenly starts slowing down and becomes unstable, you might have picked up a malicious program on an internet surfing expedition.

The threat of virus infections to your PC is ever present and if you surf the net without an updated antivirus program, you can be sure you'll pick up something dangerous sooner or later.

Wikipedia defines malware as follows:

Malware, also known as Malicious Software, is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The term is a portmanteau of the words malicious and software. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.

Many normal computer users are however still unfamiliar with the term, and instead, "computer virus" is incorrectly used even in the media to describe all kinds of malware, though not all malware are viruses.

Software is considered malware based on the intent of the creator rather than any particular features. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, most rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware, and other unwanted software.

However, I have found that getting rid of infections only does not have the desired effect to make your PC faster. You cannot completely speed up a slow PC by fixing only one of the problems on it.

Getting rid of viruses and malware is only a small part of the problem.

Computers become slower for several reasons:
- as we said, a virus, trojan, worm, spyware or adware can damage your data and slow down your PC.
- there are too many programs installed but not used anymore which consume resources,
- files become disorganized,
- the registry has too many unused entries,
- unused network connections slow startup,
- too many programs automatically run at startup.

Even if you get rid of all the malware on your PC and you use Windows' Disk Cleanup Utility, Check Disk and the Windows Disk Defragment on a regular basis as recommended by Microsoft, it is not enough to keep your PC’s speed and stability up to scratch.

We have a printing and signage business where we use graphic design and large format printing programs. Large files are in the order of the day. We use files of more than 300Mb on a daily basis. We also do web designing where you have to surf the net a lot.

Not only one, but several tune-up utilities are needed to keep your computer running fast and error-free. There is a variety of tasks tune-up programs can do, such as disk cleaning, disk defragging, registry cleaning, virus, and malware removal and clearing useless information and files as well as tweaking Windows for top performance.

To really speed up your PC you need to:
- Remove any viruses or malware etc. that may be lurking on your PC.
- Get rid of unused, unnecessary and forgotten applications.
- Clean your browser’s history, temp data and your Favorite or Bookmark list.
- Clean and optimize the Windows registry
- Make the boot process quicker.
- Reduce all those applications running at startup.
- Optimize your PC’s memory usage.
- Sort out your network problems and speed up your Internet connection.
- Schedule your cleanup programs to run automatically.
- Place all your data files together in one easy to use location.
- Not only defrag, but optimize your hard disks, by putting your most used files in the fast lane.
- Fine tune, tweak and optimize your PC for top lightning speed and stability.

I have researched and tested several applications over a quite a long period time to get top performance from our PC's without any hang-ups or system crashes.

I tested more than 30 products of which I found 17 that work like a charm. We now use 11 of the products regularly and this doesn’t include Window’s own utilities, to do the necessary optimizing of our PC’s speed and stability.

Our PC’s are now lightning fast, it’s as if Windows is on Steroids.

In my next article I’ll explain to you why it is of utmost importance to safeguard the data stored on your PC, how to go about doing it and setting it up to run by itself.


Tom Meintjes (pronounced mainkiss)

Tom has been fascinated by computers ever since he bought his first Sinclair ZX81 Computer in 1983. It used a standard cassette recorder for recording programs and the monitor was an ordinary black and white television set.

Tom says that since then he has been hooked on computers and he's sure he has spent more time behind a computer screen than he's been sleeping.

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