slow computer

PC Maintenance: Clean up your computer & free up disk space

Back in May we talked about physically cleaning up your computer – removing dust bunnies for your hardware’s health and your health. But what about your system’s disks and drives? Have you checked and tuned them recently? Or do you need some encouragement to kick-start the process?

Why should I do a system cleanup? 

A slow computer can be caused by a number of things – including malware  – but one of the most likely culprits is an overcrowding of your disk space with unnecessary files, including temporary files. Removing these files can make a marked difference in the speed and improved performance of your hard drive and computer.

So what steps should I take?

Disable start-up items & free up computer resources 

Start-up items – programs that automatically launch when Windows boots – can unnecessarily suck up system resources and cause your computer to boot longer. So ask the question – do I need all of these items opening, and then running in the background, when I first turn my computer on?

To check what is opening upon start-up, open your Task Manager app, toggle to the startup tab and scroll through the list. If you’re not sure what anything there does, you can right-click the item in question and ‘search online’ for details. Anything you decide you don’t need, click the item line and click ‘disable’.

 

Disk cleanup

Your computer’s disk cleanup utility is a simple tool that allows you to delete items such as temporary and cache files, thus freeing up extra hard-drive space.

You can search for the application using the start-menu search function. From the disk-cleanup dialog box, select the types of files you want to delete and click ‘OK’. These ‘disposable’ files can include temp files, log files, files in your recycle bin, and other unimportant/unnecessary files. Get ’em out of there!

 

Uninstall applications

The disk cleanup utility also has a ‘more options’ tab that allows you to free up more disk space by uninstalling applications that you do not use. Clicking ‘clean up’ here will open a new dialog box showing a list of currently installed applications and allowing you to uninstall programs on a program-by-program basis. Deleting those programs or applications that you don’t need on your PC will clear up further space and help your computer run faster overall.

 

And now?

That’s amazing – thank you!

You’re welcome!

OR…

Actually, my computer is still slow…

Unfortunately, sometimes a computer may have issues that can’t be rectified by simple system cleanup procedures. If you’ve tried the above steps and your sluggish computer is still getting you down, give Geelong Technology Group a call. We can check for malware, analyse your hard-drive usage and space, assess your hardware and suggest extra storage or system/hardware upgrades as necessary. 

 

And, of course, if you need a hand with giving your computer internals a spring clean (particularly if you’re not sure what can stay and what can go), our expert technicians are on hand – give us a call to book an appointment – we offer servicing in-store or on-site to individuals and businesses in Geelong, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Torquay, Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast, Golden Plains, Colac and Warrnambool (or anywhere across Australia with remote IT support).

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cloud based services

Top Five Reasons to Use the Cloud

From working in our pyjamas to ordering UberEats three meals a day, 2020 was a very strange year of challenges, surprises and surprising business pivots. One of those pivots was the increased global uptake of cloud-based computing and productivity improvements. By embracing the cloud, SMBs are discovering its significant benefits, and even finding that it is now critical to their business’ ongoing success.

 

If you haven’t yet jumped on board, these cloud-computing perks may help send you soaring skyward…

 

Collaboration

With a workforce that is sometimes in the office, sometimes not, keeping everyone on the same page and working towards common goals is even more important. Data that is centrally maintained in a cloud solution can be accessed and updated by any employee, at any time and from anywhere, meaning that real-time collaboration is possible despite the limitations of physical distance. Teams can collaborate on shared data, meetings can be held remotely with everyone having access to the same slides, and sales teams can even check stock levels in real-time.

 

Security

Cloud computing companies are investing tremendous amounts in security, with the best CSPs implementing comprehensive security frameworks that cover encryption, account security and powerful administrator controls for permissions and auditing. Whether your business is small, medium or large, it is administratively much more convenient to secure centralised data from cyber threats than data that is scattered across a suite of devices.

 

Cost savings

Cloud computing services are billed on a (generally monthly) pay-as-you-go basis, meaning your business doesn’t face any hefty upfront expenses to get started in the cloud. Most cloud computing platforms also provide the means to monitor and control usage information for accurate billing. Further, with the increased security mentioned above, the need to invest in multiple security tools is reduced, as is the likelihood of needing to fork out funds to rescue files and information from broken hard drives or malicious malware.

 

Mass storage

For many businesses, this is one of the main drivers behind moving to the cloud. Even the smallest companies – from your sole-trader business up – often need huge storage capabilities as our documents become more image- and video-heavy and the amount of files and formats we handle grows daily. Taking storage off-site – no longer worrying if our devices are slowing down because they’re so jammed full of files – is a great catalyst for converting to the cloud.

 

Scalability

The cloud has opened up phenomenal opportunities for business organisations to grow quickly, smoothly and successfully. To scale up, new users are simply created over the cloud network. Similarly, new productivity software can be commissioned from the CSP by paying a nominal usage fee, with the new business tools available immediately.

 

In this often-remote, increasingly tech-driven 2021 world, cloud based computing makes perfect business sense. Flexibility and freedom are now key drivers in a business’ adaptive success, and the cloud allows these in spades.

 

For more information on moving your business to the cloud or for a free technology audit consultation, give Geelong’s best business IT support company a call – we service Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Surf Coast, Golden Plains, Colac, Warrnambool and beyond.

 

Geelong Technology Group the tech experts in-store, on-site and remote.

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