How to Get Rid of Lag
Computers have become a huge part of our lives especially today as we are living in a fast-paced life in terms of technology. With the continuous growth of technology today, clearly, computers are not a form of luxury anymore. They are more of a necessity nowadays.
Like most of the gadgets and techy objects, computers are prone to having some problems—especially when you are not aware of its capabilities and limits. One of the limits that computers have, space have got to be one of the major problems. We have a tendency to go overboard when it comes to dealing with this kind of stuff. When that happens, your computer tends to lag. You can feel that it’s slower than it used to be and it can sometimes freeze for a moment and you just have to wait until it goes back to normal. Basically, you just have to free your RAM (random access memory) space and you’ll get your computer back to normal again.
Clear your desktop
Wallpaper and screensavers can be a contributing factor to this kind of problem as they run continuously in the background. Also, they use up memory space. To disable these, first you have to right-click on any empty space in your desktop then select properties. After that, you will be prompted with the properties box. Now, click on the screensaver tab at the very top portion. On the left side, you will see the label that says ‘screensaver’. Click none. For the background, locate the desktop tab at the top part again then click it. Select none for background as well.
Review all the programs you have in your start menu. Anything that you don’t use in a daily basis, delete them. Just click on the start menu, then settings then click on taskbar and finally the start menu. Once you see a program that you don’t want to load at Startup, do a right-click on it then click remove. Just a reminder, if the program is not familiar, it is best that you research first about that program or ask someone who has knowledge about computers.
Close or Remove programs you don’t need
Computer lag can be quite irritating. You will feel as if clocks have froze whenever you wait too long for a program or a webpage to load or typing and anticipation when the words would catch up. There are numerous simple actions you can make to lose that lag in your computer.
If you are browsing through the Internet or if you have some unnecessary programs active, close them and your surfing will sail swiftly smooth. It will also aid in stopping programs that start off automatically at the backend. Type the “msconfig” command on the Run text field in the Start menu. Below the “StartUp” tab, uncheck the checkboxes of the programs you need not run each time you turn the computer on. Any program can be launched manually whenever they are of use.
Clear your cache and cookies
Regardless of what browser you are using, you should practice on clearing cache and cookies regularly (not necessarily every day). For Internet Explorer, just click on the Tools menu at the very top. Next thing is, click on Internet Options. From that you will be prompted with the Internet Options box—you will now delete cookies, delete files (offline) and clear history as well. If you want, you can set the days to store history to 0.
If you can, you can invest in an external hard drive for back up. An external hard drive is storage for your files that you can just plug in and plug out of your computer. You can transfer here your important files that usually eat up a big portion of your disk space like pictures, videos, games. Not only that this would help your computer breathe a little bit, it also serves as a peace on mind on your part. This is the safest place for your files as it would not be affected just in case your computer will have any problems.