Fixing Slow Computer For Windows

Every now and then after so long a computer may end up running slow due to an excessive amount of apps or data. If you're like me, you'll download something and forget it's there overtime. Other things that may be linked to a lagging computer is that malware could have crept in without notice and as a result installed more malware programs such as Chromium. 
Malware is one of the most common issues that arise when it comes to dealing with internet speed on a computer. It is a virus that if not caught quick enough, it can decrease your computer's runtime and affecting internal data; eventually leading up to your computer to crash or even worse stop working. 
Chromium is an example of a malware program that progresses over time and if left alone it can hide itself inside your computer's registry. Tweaking the registry can cause some serious damage to your computer if you're unsure about what you’re doing. 
Also, having too many files on your computer can slow it down as well. For example, enclosing one file folder that has tons of data inside of it inside of another that has even more data.  
These are just some of the most common issues that I've experienced being a Windows user and today I'm going to show you how to counter these problems.

1.    Uninstall programs with Cortana

 If your using Windows 7, 8, or 10 you must have used Cortana at least once and probably didn't even know it. Cortana is like a shortcut wizard or guide that will answer most questions for you and if not redirect you to another common solution that has helped other users. 
Cortana is located on bottom left corner to the right of the windows icon and it will find the solution to problems very quickly. It has many other uses, but for the purpose of this post we will just type in "control panel". 
The control panel is where we can change our system settings and preferences. Now with the control panel window opened, go to Program/Uninstall a program and this will give us an overview of all of the apps currently installed on our computer. It will also show us the publisher, date the app was installed, and how much storage the app would take up on your computer. 
One thing I like to do when searching for malware is I look at the publisher of the application and if the publisher is unknown then it usually suspicious to me. There are some exceptions to this, but be sure to keep an eye out for any software that is installed without your consent.

2.    Organizing File Explorer 
You've probably downloaded a countless number of things and they're all stored in one file folder. But it can be tedious to scroll down and look for a picture or video you downloaded. Find any files you don't need and delete them if possible.
If you create a folder called Images you could store them there and do the same thing for videos as well. By doing this you'll save yourself the trouble having files scattered all over the place on your computer.

3.    Deleting Data In The Registry
Sometimes just because uninstall a program it doesn't mean that it's completely gone. Some of the program's data may still linger in the computer's registry and we'll have to remove there in order for it deleted. When making multiple changes in the registry, it is recommended that you back up your current registry using a System Restore Point.
Again, you can do this very easily yourself by using Cortana. Tampering with the wrong files in the registry can cause permanent damage to your computer at the internal level. To find the registry, go back to Cortana by pressing the Windows key and typing in "regedit" to run the command.
A window will pop up and you should a few file folders named HKEY. For now, we only want to use the file folder named HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. Here we'll find all the association of all files as well where they are derived from. 
If you go to the Edit/Find tab and type in a malware program such as Chromium in the registry to find every file or data associated with the malware program.

4.    Preventing Future Malware Attacks
If you've ever used your own computer for a while chances are that you've ran into a malicious website at least once. A neat trick I found that works is that when I encounter a virus from a site is I immediately turn off my computer and whenever I power on my computer to connect to the internet, I leave the connect automatically dialog box unchecked so that the virus doesn't continue to install itself while my computer is loading.

5.    System Restore As A Last Resort

If you can't get rid of a virus even after uninstalling a program and still not sure about how to operate the Windows registry, then a system restore may be your only option. Again to do this, press the windows key and type in "reset this pc". You'll have to choose this option if your computer may be frozen or if it loads unusually slow to the point where it's not operable. For those of you who may be wondering, I'm using an HP Envy x360 convertible laptop and it holds up well for me on the go.
Thank you for reading.
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