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Where Do I Start?

Ok so your computer is running slow, what do you do?

Software Section

Your first step will be to go through the Software section of the site. It is possible that your computer is fast enough to meet your needs, its just bogged down with programs running in the background such as spyware or viruses. The software section of the site will show you how to update your computer with a good Antivirus, Antispyware, and all the other updates you need. Cleaning up the software can breathe new life into your computer.

Refresher Section

After you have run through all the software items, you should then go to the refresher section and sign up for a monthly refresher reminder. This will be an email that will remind you to come back to the site and run through the "Refresher" section, which outlines all the items you should do every 30 days.

Upgrading Hardware in your current Computer

If your computer is completely clean of spyware, viruses, and has all the required updates, but still running slow, you should check to see if the computer you have has enough ram (memory). Almost every name brand computer company out there puts less RAM in computers than they should to lower the cost. Every program that is running takes up ram, and if you run out of it, your programs will grind to a halt even if you have a really fast processor.

Purchasing a new Computer Section

If the new RAM still does not help, you should remember the phrase: "You cant get blood from a stone". If the computer you are using is too old, you simply are not going to be able to get it to do what you want, even after cleaning up the software on it. If your computer is more than 2 or 3 years old, you don't necessarily need a new computer, but you should read the "Is What I Have Enough section first to make that decision. The price of new computers is currently very low ($400 can get you a new desktop, and $600-800 a new laptop), so depending on your situation, purchasing a new one may be your best bet.



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