PCHealthBoost | PC Health Boost BlogTry PC Health Boost before you try any other solutions. You'll speed up your computer and save time.

Windows XP Losing Microsoft Support—End of an Era

As you may know, Microsoft® will be withdrawing Extended Support for Windows XP on April 8 this year. It’s official, Microsoft’s longest running operating system—the one that outlived 3.X, 95, 98, ME, 2000, and Vista is being put out to pasture This means several things to users—and most likely will mean that you’ll want to migrate to a newer version of Windows. It’s nothing to panic about, but there are a few things you should know first.

 

Windows XP Out to Pasture

Mainstream Support, Extended Support, and Malware Support

Typically, Microsoft phases out old operating systems in 3 stages: ceasing Mainstream Support, ceasing Extended Support, and then ceasing Malware Support. That is, they quit updating and providing customer support for the bulk of the software, then some time later they quit updates and support for security patches, and finally, they drop the malware updates. They usually announce these changes to provide the user enough time to transition to a newer Windows version.

Microsoft has done exactly that with XP. They have already ended mainstream support back in April of 2009. As we all know, they will end their extended support this coming April. Of course, they will provide malware signature upgrades to allow users more time to transition away from XP. This support will end in July 14, 2015.

Hackers and Malware See Fresh Meat in Windows XP

With that said, it’s probably not a good idea to put off moving away from XP until July 2015. Once Microsoft withdraws extended support for XP, that makes it a babe in the woods, sitting duck and all those other similes that all amount to one thing: it’s weak and vulnerable. I’m sure you’ve seen enough nature shows to know where this is going.

 

Windows XP Hackers Lions and Gazelles

Predators in these nature shows always single out the weak, the old, and the sick among the herd for their prey. This is exactly what’s most likely to happen with Windows XP after it gets cut off from support—It will be a huge target for hackers and malware vendors. Experts are saying malware and hacker attacks on XP will probably increase by about 66%!

What’s more, as XP goes on without support from Microsoft, it’s going to be progressively about as effective at blocking attacks as gauze is in stopping a semi truck. The analogy of “swiss cheese” to XP’s exploitable holes is going to be an understatement.

What’s really “beautiful” is that they’ll probably advertise their infested wares with “Still XP compatible.” Which brings up another thing…

Third Party Compatibility in a Post-XP World

Already, many third party applications are gearing up to withdraw their Windows XP compatibility. This is also a normal part of the death throes of an expiring operating system. Simply put, between the increase in security compromises after retirement and the expense of maintaining compatibility with expired operating systems, it just isn’t worth keeping up with those compatibilities.

It’s still “technically” possible to run old versions of software on an expired operating system, but when it comes to security suites, you’re practically inviting an infection. With Internet browsers, they’ll eventually not even be able to surf the Web. With system optimizers, a Blue Screen of Death is pretty much just a matter of time. Things can get pretty sad pretty quickly.

So What are Your Options for Life after XP?

According to Microsoft, you pretty much have two choices: either try to install a new Windows version on your XP machine or simply buy a new machine. In either case, first things first: You’ll need to backup all your files, either on a hard medium such as a backup DVD, or on the cloud. Now let’s look at the pros and cons of these choices.

At first glance, it seems to just make sense to install Windows 7 or 8 on your old XP machine. But this can open up a whole can of worms you might not be ready for. You’ll have to make sure that your processor, memory cards and hard drive are compatible. Even at that, the very wiring of your computer might not be up to the task of running these sleek new operating systems. At around $200 for 7 or 8, all I can say is “caveat emptor.”

Of course, it’s going to be more expensive to buy a new machine (at least on the surface), but at least you know from the start that everything’s going to work. Being realistic, it’s entirely possible that upgrading all the hardware components necessary to run Windows 7 or 8 could add up to making it just as expensive (or more) than buying a new machine.

But what about your favorite apps that are only compatible with XP? Relax, there are a number of virtual machines and emulators out there that can enable these older apps to run in 7 and 8. There is even an optional “Windows XP mode” that you can download from Microsoft.

On that note, let’s have a moment of silence for the old workhorse of Microsoft. It’s been a good 12 years.

Windows RIP

Windows RIP

A Friendly Intro to Your Windows Registry

Your PC’s Windows registry can cause a number of problems for your computer, from a slow running computer to an actual computer crash but it’s easy to fix. Unfortunately, the registry is also a vital part of your Windows operating system. So you can’t solve these types of problems just by eliminating it entirely.
Windows Registry

You can learn how to take control of your registry and speed up your PC, stop error messages, and even get rid of screen freeze and the infamous “Blue Screen of Death”.

What follows is a short run-through of what your Windows registry is, what kinds of errors it causes, how you can fix those errors, and how to prevent them in the future. Since the best place to begin is at the beginning, let’s start with a quick walk-through of what this much-maligned database is.

What Is the Windows Registry and Why is It Important?

The Windows registry is the central nervous system of your computer. It acts as the central switchboard that tells each program when it should activate, and whether or not a given user has the power to activate it. This is true for the programs you activate yourself (such as MS Word or a browser). It is also true for every computer process that works in the background.

Sound complicated? It’s actually an improvement over the way PCs once worked. Improved operating speed and stability when it was first released with Windows 3.1. Without it, your computer would take much longer to perform run the chain of commands required to perform even a simple operation.

PC HealthBoost - slow computer

Your registry also determines when and in which order each executable function should run. It controls which one of your programs begin immediately on starting you Windows PC. This means that if you modify your registry, you can actually make your computer start up faster (we’ll get to that in a bit).

The registry also controls who can operate which programs on your computer. Most guest accounts don’t have the same privileges as computer owner accounts, for example. Many people may wish to modify which programs or files that guest accounts or children’s’ accounts may be able to use.

All of the above information is written and stored in your computer’s registry—without your ever having to access the registry itself.

A Closer Look: How You Change Your Registry Without Knowing It

You can spend your whole life without ever interacting directly with your registry. This is recommended for most non-technical users. As you will learn later, even technically-oriented users are often intimidated by this database!

All the same, you do make changes to your registry on an almost daily basis. Most of us don’t notice it. But changes are made in this particular section of Windows every time you:

  • Install new software (An “Installation Wizard” is just a fancy way of making these changes)
  • Change settings on your software
  • Update software
  • Update or change settings on Windows
  • Create or modify a user account
  • Update or change settings to your Windows operating system

All of these changes are necessary to keep your computer running in the most secure, vital, and up-to-date fashion. Unfortunately, after enough of these changes, most Windows computers begin to slow down.

Registry Errors and Slow Running PCs

Registry error

As you can see, your registry is constantly being modified. Many of these modifications are made without your notice, such as when a program updates, or when a third party application runs from your browser.

Over time, entries to the registry build and start to “clog” the system. Your computer may slow down or even crash because of:

  • Multiple copies of each entry (often updated over time)
  • Out of date entries
  • Lingering entries from software that has been removed from the computer
  • Incorrect or invalid entries that were mistakenly installed
  • Entries from viruses or other malicious programs (antivirus programs do not always remove every bad registry entry)
  • Registry files that have become corrupt over time with disk fragmentation

At best, these registry errors will slow your computer startup time and give you a slow running computer overall. At worst these entries can cause things like screen freeze and computer crash. Aside from being inconvenient, a computer crash can result in lost personal files—family photos, financial information, and anything else you might keep on your computer.

How Can I Fix the Windows Registry and Speed Up My PC?

“Few things can strike fear into the hearts of even seasoned veterans like the mere mention of the Registry.” Official Quote at Microsoft Technet

It is possible to go through your Windows registry by hand and check each entry against the entries that match up with each program on your computer.

For those who don’t want to fix the “Windows Central Nervous System,” by hand, there are two choices: A trusted PC technician or a trusted registry cleaning software. The choice of which is entirely up to you. The important thing is to have your registry fixed before problems get worse!

3 Frustrating Slow Running PC Problems and How to Fix Them

Computers are frustrating. As much as we all love the ease that they can add to our lives, there’s no getting around the fact that they can be a huge pain as well. But they don’t have to be.

PC Problems

Three of the biggest frustrating PC problems are actually easy to fix, once you know a little more about them. It seems like a shame that these aren’t covered in some sort of manual when you receive your computer. Slow PC startup times, slow running computer problems, and slow Internet problems are all easily solvable once you take a few minutes to read about them.

1. Slow PC Startup Times

Does it ever seem to you like your computer gets slower every time you start it up? If it does, you’re not alone. And you’re right, too!

Literally speaking, your computer may not get slower every time you turn it on. But without the right kind of maintenance (the kind Microsoft really doesn’t tell you much about), all Windows® computers slow down with time, and that includes startup times. 

Much of this is due to the programs that start up when Windows start up. The number of programs that turn on just enough to be “on deck” is surprising. After all, these programs rarely, if ever, tell you they’re going to start up each time you turn on your computer. And there is usually no way to tell just from looking at your screen that these programs are running. 

Why do so many software applications start running at startup, yet somehow don’t show up? Many programs run a single process when Windows boots up, so that they can easily be “on call” and start up quickly when you decide you need to run a particular program. It’s actually designed to be a convenience!

But that theoretical convenience is inconvenient in practice. When you have several programs that each run a process when you start up your computer, it affects your overall startup time. It also causes you to have a slow running computer the rest of the time, too! And for the few seconds that it might save you to open up any given program, this overall effect just isn’t worth it.

To find out which processes are running in the background on your computer, use the Windows Task Manager.

Windows task manager

2. How to Solve a Slow Startup Problem

Many people try to get around the slow startup problem by simply never putting their computers to sleep. But that only makes the problem worse!

When you run a computer this way, more and more processes start up and run in the background. Even when you completely shut a program down, it may still be on the “list” that your Windows system uses to keep track of what’s going on in the system at any given moment.

Your computer will run better for several reasons if you shut it completely off after you’re done with it for the day. Not to mention, it will also use less electricity. (Think of how much less electricity the world would use if everybody did this!).

startup

3. Slow Computer Problems/Your Computer Runs More Slowly With Time

But multiple “on deck” problems aren’t the only reason that computers run slowly. Issues with the Windows registry make the system run more slowly over time. This is such a big problem, in fact, that Microsoft used to recommend computer owners re-install Windows at least once a year (and many people do it more than that).

The Windows registry acts like the switchboard of the Windows OS. Every program that is on your computer has at least one entry in the registry.

These files often change when your programs and/or Windows go through upgrades, security patches, etc. The old files generally are not removed. And even programs that are no longer in your computer sometimes leave files as well. Leftover fragments of viruses and spyware often reside here as well!

These files pile up over time. When an old .dll or other registry file conflicts with another, your computer can slow down majorly, go through screen freeze, get a Blue Screen error, or occasionally even seize up entirely.

PC Health Boost -blue screen of death

Even when these files don’t conflict, Windows has to sort through more and more of them to authorize or activate programs. And that contributes to your slow computer more than anybody would like.

The Windows registry isn’t the only reason that computers slow down, though. File fragmentation affects every computer at some point. This isn’t quite as dangerous as it sounds. It just means that data from each file, with time, spreads out over different portions of the computer’s hard drive.

How does this slow your computer down? Let’s say you want to open up a scanned image of a family portrait—a large image file. When that image file’s data is spread out all over your disk, your computer will take a longer time to display the image than it would if the data were all in one spot (as it should be).

Multiple fragmented files slow down your computer—especially at startup. Fragmentation may also make your data and files less stable.

Fortunately, there are tools you can use for each of these problems. Windows XP, Vista, and 7 each have a Disk Defragmenter. Click on your programs, then on Accessories, then System Tools. Then you will see the Disk Defragmenter. (You can also search for it with Windows 7.)

windows defragdefrag hard drive 02

Windows 8 theoretically defragments your hard drive on a regular basis as part of its Optimize Drives task. If you feel like it’s not doing its job, or if you just want to check the fragmentation of your hard drive, press the Windows key and the “Q” key to open up the search bar. Then, search for “defragment,” to find the “defragment and optimize your drives” option.

When it comes to the registry, Windows does provide a registry tool known as Registry Editor. As Microsoft says on its page about the registry editor, “Registry Editor is a tool intended for advanced users…an incorrect change to your computer’s registry could render your computer inoperable.”

There are various registry cleaning programs that will adjust your registry for you, without putting your system at risk. Here at PC HealthBoost™, we’ve even gotten mail from computer owners who realized after using a registry cleaner that they didn’t have to throw their computer away and get a new one!

It’s a good idea to run a registry cleaner after your software or Windows system undergoes major updates. Running a cleaner after you uninstall software or remove unwanted software (viruses, adware, spyware, etc.) is also a good idea. Otherwise, clean your registry every week or so.

Finally, make sure your computer is running with the latest Windows updates. If it’s not, it may be running more slowly than necessary. If you’re not sure whether your system is up to date, just visit http://updates.windows.com.

Your Computer Works Slowly on the Internet

So, what if you do all of the above and your computer still takes too long to get around on the Internet? Assuming you aren’t on a dial-up connection, you could have one of several problems.

First, check and see if you need to update your browser. Windows updates will typically update Internet Explorer, but won’t necessarily supply you with the most recent version of explorer. If you’re using a different browser, you can search “update [insert browser name here]” to find the latest updates.

If your computer still navigates slowly after a browser update, it’s time to check your browser add-ons. Are you using a toolbar on your browsers, such as one that you can install from Yahoo or another company? Yahoo toolbars shouldn’t typically slow you down too much…but others can.

Some toolbars constantly monitor the sites you visit and report that information back to a server. They typically do this in order to show you targeted ads, or help ranking services determine the most popular sites on the Web. While these toolbars may not be malicious, the constant transmission of information can eat up your bandwidth, slowing down your connection. Not to mention their practices are questionable when it comes to your privacy.

You could also have a malicious “BHO”, short for “Browser Helper Object.” It could be a “neutral” object that monitors your activity for he purpose of displaying ads. But it could also be part of a spyware program with more malicious and monetary goals in mind. In either case, you should run one or more antivirus and antispyware programs.

save laptop

Then again, the problem might not be with your computer at all. Are you running a wireless router without a password? Someone could be using your network for convenience’s sake. They could also be using it to download large files and engage in illegal activity!

Add a password. If you already have a password, change it every couple of months, or any time your Internet connection seems abnormal. If that doesn’t work, call your Internet service provider. They may be able to find what the problem is. It’s also possible you are simply on a low-bandwidth plan.

Finally, it’s possible that your computer simply needs more RAM. If you’ve had your computer for longer than 2-3 years and haven’t updated your ram, talk to your local computer hardware store and see about an upgrade.

St. Paddy’s Day Sweepstakes: Make Your Own Beer and Get a Speedy Computer!

In the beginning of 2014, PC HealthBoost began a weekly sweepstakes. The giveaway is their Thirsty Thursday Giveaway, which gives their Facebook fans a chance to win prizes. Every Thursday morning, PC HealthBoost posts a question encouraging fans to answer, by commenting on the post and tagging a friend. The comments count as an entry into the weekly giveaway. Winners are chosen at random, and announced Friday morning. Prizes are awarded to the selected winner, and their tagged acquaintance.

Win PC SpeedBoost and a Beer Kit

The prizes usually consist of Starbucks Gift Cards and a copy of PC HealthBoost. In the spirit of the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday, PC Health Boost will be changing up the prizes on March 17th in conjunction with their sister program PC SpeedBoost. On the 17th, they will be awarding one lucky winner, and their tagged friend, a Beer Making Kit. The Kit consists of a beer keg with cap, 8 1-liter bottles, pale ale beer mix, cleaner for the kit components, and a guide for brewing with recipes included. Everything you would need to make 2 entire gallons of beer from home.  

For your chance to win the Beer Kit, be sure to become a PC SpeedBoost Facebook fan page (not PCHealthBoost this time), and keep an eye out for the post. The St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway will go live on Monday, March 17th at approximately 8:05 am EST. Just comment with your response to the question that will be included in the post for your chance to win.

When commenting, don’t forget to tag a friend, so that they may have a chance to win too. Only one comment per person will count as an eligible entry into the final drawing. Return to the PC HealthBoost Facebook Page on the following day, to see if you won. Don’t forget, every Thursday you have a chance to win prizes from PC HealthBoost. Be sure to check the official rules to make sure you are eligible to win.

Disclosure: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be announced within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions, contact us. To be eligible to win, you must be over 21 and a resident of the United States. Only one entry per person, unless otherwise stated.

 

PC SpeedBoost Launch with Lenovo IdeaTab Sweepstakes

Here is your chance to enter to win a Lenovo IdeaTab in honor of the launch of our new software. We have just launched PC SpeedBoost, as you can tell by the name, it focuses on the speed of your PC. Whether your PC is old and needs an update, or just isn’t booting up as fast as it used to, PC SpeedBoost can help you out.

With the launch of our new software, we have multiple social media pages that are easily followed, so you may keep up with the latest on PC SpeedBoost. You could follow on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and even Youtube. Below is a Rafflecopter, where you can enter our PC SpeedBoost Launch Sweepstakes. Check the official rules to ensure your eligibility, and good luck!

 

Speed Up PC

Speed Up PC and get a free Lenovo Idea Tab!

 

There will be 2 winners chosen at the conclusion of the Sweepstakes. One winner will be awarded with a Lenovo IdeaTab, and one will win a Software Bundle. The Software Bundle will consist of 1 copy of PC HealthBoost and one copy of PC SpeedBoost. The Rafflecopter below, contains many options to enter. The more entries you get, the more chances you have to win. This Sweepstakes runs through April 12th, and the winners will be chosen and announced shortly thereafter.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

The Threat of Malware: Facts and Figures

Are you concerned about the impact of malware on your computer? Are you unsure of whether malware is a serious threat or another inflated piece of news regarding the health of your PC?

Truth be told, it’s a bit of both. Our infographic addresses every type of malware that you may come across and how to identify them, including:

  • Virus
  • Trojan
  • Worm
  • Keyloggers
  • Backdoor
  • Spyware
  • Exploit
  • Adware
  • Rogues/Scareware
  • Ransomeware

Since 2012, there has been an increase in targeted attacks by 42%. Mobile threats have increased 32% and we’ve seen an increased need for identity protection and AV software on mobile phones. Not only that, but 69% of all email is considered spam. The statistics are staggering. Just take a look at some of the data breaches.

That’s why Boost Software is working overtime to develop software that goes above the acceptable standard. We recommend that you use one of the top AV softwares and restore your computer’s performance to an earlier date. After that, run PC HealthBoost in order to keep your computer’s speed up to par.

Malware and Virus facts

Boost Software Starts a new PC HealthBoost Scholarship Fund

Boost Logo

Boost Software, an award-winning registry cleaning software and driver update utility provider, just started a new PC HealthBoost Scholarship Fund. This decision was made to foster an interest in computers and technology and to give students a chance to afford to fund their education.

PC HealthBoost Scholarship Eligibility and Amount

Students currently enrolled in a college can apply right now. Furthermore, they can keep applying every single semester even if they’ve already won an award in the past. The scholarship amount is $1,000 per semester.

PC HB Application Deadline and Guidelines

Students must turn in their applications by July 31st if they want to win a scholarship award for the fall semester of that year. Likewise, students who wish to apply for an award released for the spring semester must submit their applications by December 1st.

Students who wish to apply for the PC HealthBoost Scholarship can write an essay of 750 to 1500 words about a computer-related subject. Alternatively, they can choose to create a two-minute video presentation.

Laptop Young man

Here are some ideas for students who want to apply for this scholarship:

  • Write a story about a time when you successfully fixed a computer.
  • Share some creative maintenance tips that keep a PC in shape.
  • Give the reasons why computers are important in college and in life.
  • Name the benefits of using a computer.
  • Describe the most important computer skills needed on the job.

Scholarship Winner Selection and Notification Process

A special committee will be assigned to the process of deciding who will win the financial award for the current semester. After careful consideration, winners will be notified via email by the second Monday after the scholarship application deadline date.

Any Questions? Contact the Scholarship Committee

Please direct all questions concerning the PC HealthBoost Scholarship Award application or selection process to scholarships@boostsoftware.com.

7 Tips and Tricks to Speed Up Your Computer and Make it Run More Smoothly

Even the most expensive high-end computer starts to seem slow after a while. That’s because every Windows computer does get slower with time.

Fortunately, it’s a predictable process that you can do something about. You can speed up your computer and eliminate hassle with a few simple, easy-to-implement tricks.

You can even learn to manage the unpredictable events that cause a slow running computer. These include viruses, spyware & adware, and uncommon errors (such as driver errors) to your computer.

By and large the most common problems, however, are registry errors. Here are 7 ways to keep registry errors off of your computer and reverse your slow-running PC.

 

1. Get Rid of All Programs You Don’t Use

There’s a good chance you have plenty of software on your computer, which you don’t actually use. Much of this software comes pre-installed on your computer on a trial basis. Most of us have other trial software as well. And it’s not uncommon to find programs you didn’t even know you downloaded!

(If so, don’t be alarmed. Certainly they could be malicious programs. But most of us have inadvertently downloaded third-party media playing software, or other programs. Usually these programs come from websites that aren’t malicious, but that are less than honest. These websites will often lead users into believing they are downloading a single file, instead of an entire program.)

You’ll need to access and remove these programs via the Windows Control Panel. The exact method of removing programs varies slightly with each version of Windows. A quick search via Google the official Microsoft Windows website will show you how to uninstall programs on Windows for your PC.

Uninstall unused programs

uninstall unused programs
2. Check Which Programs Begin Running when You Start Up Your Computer

There are many programs that start running as soon as you turn Windows on. This can make your computer take twice or three times as long (or longer) to start up.

It can also be a huge drain on your resources even after startup. After all, these programs turn themselves on—but they don’t turn themselves off!

Many of these programs don’t launch their full versions at startup. Instead, they only run certain processes. The theory is that these programs will start up more quickly when you choose them.

In practice, this only serves to slow PC performance. This is true for your long startup time, as well as day-to-day computer performance. All of these “small process” files can really add up to slow your computer down. And the only benefit they give is to start up some of your programs a few seconds faster!

Once again, the official Microsoft Support Site is the go-to place to find out how to do this for your version of Windows. The better registry cleaner programs will also give you an option to control which programs activate at startup.

check startup items

 

3. Speed Up PC Performance with One Simple “Trick”

There is a very good simple way to improve PC speed when your computer is running slow. It won’t fix every problem of a slow working computer, but it will help improve things about 80% of the time. Best of all, it doesn’t take much time, won’t cost you any money, and can easily be done by the most un-technical person on the planet!

All you have to do is simply turn off your PC! That’s it. Just restart your computer for a faster PC!

restart your computer

This won’t fix every problem you have, of course. But starting off with a fresh Windows session will usually help your computer run faster. One reason is because many programs leave processes working in the background even after you have stopped using them (and theoretically shut them down).

You can also save a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your hardware this way. Over time, letting your computer run for 8+ hours when it’s not in use, can really take a toll on your hardware. This can slow your computer down needlessly. You can literally add years to the life of your PC and stop it from aging prematurely by shutting down overnight.

You may also want to reboot your computer in the afternoon—or any other time when you develop a slow moving PC. Sometimes the problem is a little more complicated. But sometimes a reboot can really smooth out poor PC performance.

 

4. Defragment Your Hard Drive

Fragmentation is one of those processes that occurs on your computer with time, just like registry clutter. Disk fragmentation isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. It simply refers to a sort of “split” in the storage of your data.

How can you defragment Windows on your computer? In most versions of Windows, you simply need to look for the Disk Defragmenter. In Windows 8, this function’s name has been changed to “Optimize Drives”. Like many other changes in W8, this one seems to have no rhyme or reason!

defrag hard drive 01

defrag hard drive 02

How often should you defragment your hard drive? Once a month is fine for most computers. If your computer receives heavy use (8+ hours/day), try every other week.

 

5. Clean Up Temporary Files (Including the Browser Cache)

Computers build up stacks of temporary files surprisingly quickly. Fortunately, they are “temporary” for a reason. You don’t have to worry about keeping them around. Cleaning your browser’s cache and deleting temporary Internet files will keep your computer from “clogging up”. You can do this “by hand,” or use a PC optimization tool (such as a registry cleaner).

free up disk space 001Free up disk space instruction 2

6. Upgrade Your Computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory)

RAM memory is what helps your computer run programs and other tasks that need large amounts of memory. It works hand-in-hand with your computer’s central processing unit (CPU) to do as much as possible, as quickly as possible. Replacing it is a sure (and usually cheap) method to speed up PC performance.

You can find out how much RAM your computer has in the System or System and Maintenance settings of Windows. Installing new RAM cards is a relatively straightforward process. Still, it pays to be careful. This Wikihow guide to installing RAM explains how to go about it.

Check RAM size

 

7. Scan for Viruses, Spyware, and Other Programs

They don’t have to be malicious. Some, such as “Browser Helper Objects,” often referred to as BHOs for short, slow computer performance even though they are not necessarily malicious. (Keep in mind that some BHOs are malicious, however!)

You may also want to find and uninstall any Adware that is running. While this type of software isn’t necessarily malicious, it does slow PC performance.

Virus Scan

 

Will a New Hard Disk Make My Computer Run Faster?

Sometimes a new hard disk can make a computer run faster and smoother. But not always. And it’s not a registry issue—although it is sometimes related to the problems that cause them.

When can replacing the hard drive speed up your system? Usually either when your hard drive is very old (5+ years—that’s forever in computer years!) or damaged. The most common form of hard drive damage is due to overheating.

A brand new hard drive may make your computer run a little faster. If you’re working with a disk that has been seriously damaged, the speed-up can be significant.

Is your entire computer fairly old (5+ years)? It may be wise to consult your local computer technician. He or she can help you choose a hard disk that is compatible with the rest of your hardware.

Keep in mind that there are new types of hard drive known as “solid state” drives. Unlike the old drives that constantly spin a magnetic disk around, these “disks” have no moving parts. They are much faster than traditional hard drives. They are also much more expensive. “Hybrid” drives are available that combine the best of higher performance and lower pricing.

SSD

If you replace your computer’s hard drive to fix your slow running computer, it’s usually best to get help from a technician. Transferring your files from one drive to another can be a tricky and time-consuming task. Your computer tech will also have to decide if you can use your old Windows license, or if you need to have a new version installed.

Thirsty Thursday Weekly Giveaway from PC HealthBoost™

Every Thursday PC HealthBoost holds a giveaway on their Facebook Fan Page. PC HealthBoost fans answer PC related questions for a chance to win prizes. The Thirsty Thursday Giveaway post starts Thursday morning, and ends at midnight that night. Each giveaway has a different question posted. Those that answer within the entry period, have a chance to win.

Thirsty Thursday PC Health Boost Sweepstakes

The prizes consist of great beverage giveaways such as Starbucks Gift Cards, along with a copy of PC HealthBoost. To enter, just comment on the post with your answer to that week’s question and tag a friend. If you are chosen as a winner, the friend you tagged in your comment will also win. To double your odds of winning, just share the post publicly on your wall.

PC HealthBoost has had a lot of fun with this giveaway. So many of the answers to the intriguing questions are really clever. See what you can come up with, and then tag a friend that you think would like to get involved in the giveaway. It is interesting to read the answers from all of the participants, and their tagged friends. Don’t worry, the comments are not judged, and are not required to be clever. The only requirement is to answer the question and tag a friend.

ThirstyThursdays PC HealthBoost Examples

The winners are chosen via random.org, among all eligible entries, and announced Friday morning. The selected winners have over the weekend to claim their prizes by sending a message with a valid email address included. Once the emails are obtained, the prizes are sent out quickly for the winners to enjoy.

Please join us this Thursday for your chance to win. Just head over to the PC HealthBoost Facebook Page, and look for the post to go live Thursday morning. Also be sure to read the Official Rules to ensure your eligibility. Good luck, and keep your eye out for even more promotions from PC HealthBoost.

Disclosure: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions contact us. To be eligible to win, you must be over 18 and reside in the United States. Only one entry per person, unless otherwise stated. 

You Don’t Have to Have Windows 8 Problem when you clean up computer

When you clean up PC hard drive errors and have Windows 8 problem after another, it’s time you clean up computer errors. It’s time to learn about this operating system’s most prevalent issues.Microsoft Outlook Express User Guide

8.1 Preview Issues

This newest upgrade of a new-generation operating system fixed many problems. However, no operating system is perfect – especially if it’s a preview.

Common issues that 8.1 users have are listed below:

  • Inability to upgrade from 8 to 8.1 without a Microsoft account — This may not be an issue for anyone who wishes to use the Microsoft store to get apps. However, people feel that it should be an option. Many people are scared, ever since threats of privacy invasions occurred earlier this year.
  • Concern about privacy regarding Smart Search – Users have concerns about Bing wanting to have access to users’ locations. However, this isn’t new. Google has done this for a long time. You have to know to turn it off this default setting. (Hint: look for “Use Bing to search online / Get search suggestions and Web results from Bing.”)
  • The Windows Media Library folders not the same – Unlike on Windows 7 or earlier, the 8.1 libraries apparently are in huge disarray. The public and private folders are not in the same locations as they used to be.
  • Practically forced sharing in SkyDrive – You probably don’t have to do this, but it feels to some people like it’s a “forced” thing. You don’t necessarily have to share everything in SkyDrive if you don’t want, but you have to know your way out of it if you’d rather not.
  • Systems Restore points turned off by default – Of course, you also can turn them back on. However, for many people, it would be more convenient to have the default of creating automatic restore points turned on as it was in the past.PC HealthBoost - error 1719

Other Operating System Issues

No matter what version of Windows you use, you might have issues. Even if the OS you currently use is as stable as a freshly-cut wooden board, you might need to troubleshoot errors occasionally. It just happens, and it’s not Microsoft’s fault nor is it your fault.

Anyway common Windows operating system issues include as follows:

  • Software incompatibility – For instance, you try to install a program on Windows 7 that was originally meant for Windows XP.
  • Dll errors affecting your registry – A program you installed recently might have had missing or corrupt files in this. Why this occurred we don’t know. It could be an unverified program publisher, a virus hacking attempt, or just simple file conflicts.
  • General slow computer performance – Maybe your computer doesn’t start up or shut down as quickly as it did in the past. Or, perhaps you try to load web pages and it takes longer than previously. Running programs, saving files, and other actions also take longer than they should.

    outlook_errors_slow_computer

How to Clean up Computer Errors Quickly

If you want to clean up computer errors quickly, you can download an automated top registry cleaner. Sometimes, you can even clean up any Windows 8 problem within a few minutes after just a quick scan and error fix.