Dear Lifehacker, My computer’s feeling a little sluggish lately and I want to boost its performance if possible. I see ads all the time for PC optimisation programs, but they all look spammy. Are there any easy and reliable tools I can use to check my PC and tune it up? Thanks, Hoping for a Boost
Getting top performance out of your computer is definitely a Lifehacker challenge. We’ve got some ideas for you that may help.
Perform Basic Maintenance
We guess that you’re already doing basic maintenance for your computer. But just in case, here are our recommendations for maintaining your Windows PC, Mac or Linux system. Performing those maintenance steps, such as keeping your operating system and applications up to date and cleaning out temporary files, should keep your system running well. Sometimes, just deleting bloatware can really make a big difference in your computer’s performance (we recommend PC Decrapifier for the job). So definitely the first thing we’d recommend is to check the guide for your operating system.
Download and Run Diagnostic Tools Like Soluto to Identify Problems
If your computer is experiencing problems, however, like applications freezing or serious slowdowns, you can use computer diagnostic software to troubleshoot the problem.
For other diagnostic tools, you can find Lifehacker readers’ five favourite diagnostic tools here. A tool that’s not on that list but still may be a great option for you for its excellent interface and benchmarking tools is the previously mentioned free Windows program Fresh Diagnose.
Finally, if you’re interested, doing a stress test of your hardware can help you troubleshoot any problems you’re having.
Perform a Quick System Check Up Online with PC PitStop OverDrive
To use the Windows-only tool, you have to visit http://pcpitstop.com/betapit using Internet Explorer running in Administrator mode (right-click on IE and choose to run as Administrator). Allow the browser to install the Active-X object, and the site will start scanning your system.
Good luck and have fun testing your system!
P.S. If you know of another great tool for this job, please let us know in the comments.