What are the best resources for making your computer run faster?

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    #1CCleaner

    CCleaner

    CCleaner is a software that removes junk, reclaims space, monitors your system and allows users to browse safely. It offers a free version with the option to buy an upgrade. This program is available for Windows, Mac, and Android users.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- 24.95

    Raymond Cook
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "CCleaner is a program I use at least once a week. It's a "must have" staple part of my PC maintenance arsenal. One of those pieces of software that has emerged as indispensable. It is somewhat irritating to have to save certain information every time I use it (before it executes) but it's a small price to pay to have a smooth running PC. What else can I say? I wouldn't know what to do without it!"
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    #2Soluto

    Soluto

    Soluto is a software tool that helps you analyze your system startup time and choose which programs you can delete or delay so the system starts faster. Once the program is installed, it is required to restart your PC.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Gary Herrera
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "Soluto for PC is a great tool to get rid of the unnecessary things you have on your computer that slows down your boot times. You ever notice how as time goes by, it takes longer and longer for your computer to start when it's been powered up or restarted? Annoying isn't it? Soluto for PC is a great tool to help alleviate that and get rid of the junk that you don't need."
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    #3Glary Utilities

    Glary Utilities

    Glary Utilities is a free software that has many different tools designed to maintain and optimize your operating system. It helps users in restorin their PC to its optimum performance capabilities.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jason Armstrong
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "My computer was running slow and I needed something to help clean all the junk I had accumulated since I bought it. Glary was able to speed my computer back to how it was when I first bought it!"

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a programmable logic chip that makes computers capable of display functions. It's the part that processes the images, animations, and videos for the monitors. The bigger its' memory size, the better it can render images in terms of definition and motion capture. Some computers have motherboards that have integrated GPUs, but some allow for expansion for enhanced capabilities.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Did you know that the high prices on graphics processing units (also called video cards) like the AMD Radeon RX series or the NVIDIA GeForce 1080 are blamed on the increasing number of cryptocurrency miners? Because "mining" alternative currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum require numerous powerful GPUs, demand has increased, couple that with the shortage of supplies in the creation of these units, the prices of GPUs have gone out of control. In turn, this hurts the former main consumer of these high-powered video cards: the gamers. Polygon, the gaming website, reported in January that a GPU that formerly had a suggested retail price of $380 was then tagged with a $700 price tag since the mining mania. NVIDIA reportedly wanted to rectify the situation by telling retailers to limit the purchases made by miners and prioritizing gamers.

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    #4CCEnhancer

    CCEnhancer

    CCEnhancer, previously known as CCleaner Enhancer, is a small tool which adds support for over 1,000 new programs into the popular program CCleaner. The software requires a  Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or newer and Windows OS.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jacqueline Brewer
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "This is a really good solution as it helps with my computer operating better. I would absolutely use this to help fix my PC and get it to where I want."
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    #5Duplicate Cleaner

    Duplicate Cleaner

    Duplicate Cleaner is the premier tool for removing duplicate photos, music, documents and more. Free up space on your hard drive. Duplicate Cleaner is available for Microsoft Windows Vista,7,8 and 10.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Shreyas Jaiteley
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "This is not an ideal solution. As Duplicate Cleaner only cleans up files, it only serves to clear up storage space and does nothing to actually speed up the compute. Neither the blurb nor anything on the actual site itself makes any claims of "making your computer run faster." So if I installed this, I would not get the results I'm looking for."
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    #6Malwarebytes

    Malwarebytes

    MalwareBytes is an anti-malware and virus cleaner software that detects and blocks malicious scams and suspicious sites that threaten to destabilize a user's security. The app blocks scams like phishing as well as ransomware.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Rogelio Bravo
    Written on April 24, 2017
    "Malway-Bytes is one of the programs that I install whenever I'm setting up a new computer. I've used it for as long as I can remember, and I've never had any problems with it."
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    #7Windows 10 - How to Disable Startup Programs

    Windows 10 - How to Disable Startup Programs

    If you have too many programs opening when your computer is turning on, it will generate problems and it will take longer to load the files. It's very important that you keep startup programs in check, disabling the ones that you don't need. This video will teach you how.

    Videos

    Free

    Alan Cox
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "Techddictive's guide for disabling startup programs is moderately helpful for making startup processes faster, but it would have helped if he used a better recording software. The video itself had a low enough frame rate that it was a bit uncomfortable to watch. Even so, it provided a nice step-by-step guide for reducing the number of programs that automatically open on startup. "
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    #8Revo Uninstaller

    Revo Uninstaller
    Revo Uninstaller is an uninstaller for Windows. It uninstalls programs and additionally removes any files and Windows registry entries left behind by the program's uninstaller or by Window's own built-in program uninstaller.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jordan Cooper
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "Revo Uninstaller is a great tool to have, if you want your computer to be in tip top shape. The free version would probably fulfill most peoples everyday needs, but I decided to purchase the Pro version, because of the features offered. I love that you can easily backup your files so quickly and that it monitors in real time any changes made to your system. I think this is a great investment if you care about the health and reliability of your computer."
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    #9ZSoft Unninstaller

    ZSoft Unninstaller

    ZSoft Uninstaller is a freeware created to remove unnecessary files and registry entries left behind after uninstalling a program. It begins by analyzing the hard drive and registry before the program is installed.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Larry Cox
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "There are a lot of different reasons why your computer might be running slow. I was having this problem and decided to try out ZSoft Unninstaller to get help with figuring out what was wrong. After removing a lot of unwanted files and processes my computer runs great now."
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    #10Starter

    Starter
    This program lets you have close control over all the apps and processes that begin when you open Windows. Identify the ones that aren't necessary but are still eating up your system's processing capacity, and fix the situation with Starter.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Arthur Guerrero
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "I had a problem with too many programs installing themselves to boot at startup on my Windows PC, and I installed Starter. It helped me figure out which ones were most important for me to run everytime, because some of the programs I don't even use everyday, definitely not enough to warrant being run all the time. Now my startup is running much smoother."
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    #11AutoRuns

    AutoRuns

    AutoRuns lets you see all the programs that start when you turn on your computer. This way, you can identify the ones you don't need and deactivate them so they don't start running automatically anymore. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Terry Morris
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "Autoruns is a great software program that shows you what programs run at your computers start up automatically. This helps you control and determine what programs you do not want starting up as soon as your computer is logged in. Great and handy tool."
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    #12AVG TuneUp

    AVG TuneUp

    You can use AVG TuneUp or AVG Cleaner to erase, clear and clean files, bad & similar photos and unwanted apps on your devices. Explore the all-in-one tuning suite for your PC, Android, and Mac.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Dennis Herrera
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Ugh! If you're like me, you've occasionally had cause to wonder why that computer that ran so great when you first got it seems like a completely different computer than the one you're using now. "Windows rot" is real - all computers slow down over time, and there are solutions. But unfortunately, this is NOT one of them. This software was literally worse than useless - it actually made my startup time LONGER than it was before, because it ran at startup. Sure, it deleted a few things and cleaned a few things, but nothing that the excellent Piriform CCleaner didn't do better and faster. Pass!"
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    #13[TUTORIAL] How to make your pc/laptop run faster

    [TUTORIAL] How to make your pc/laptop run faster
    This video by Ramcubed explains how to make your computer run faster in three easy steps by deleting files that the computer doesn't need.
    Videos

    Free

    Matthew Henderson
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "Thank you for the solution! My computer has been running really slow for the past few weeks and I didn't know why. I did this and it's actually like two times faster."
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    #14Defraggler

    Defraggler

    Defraggler assembles fragmented files on your machine and organizes them more efficiently. This tool frees-up space on your drive and ultimately speeds up your PC. The software has a free and pro version available.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Roger Gray
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "Quick, easy and simple. Defraggler does a great job at speeding up your bogged down PC. It's straight and to the point. There aren't any frills about it, and it does a good job for what it's intended to do. "
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    #15System Ninja

    System Ninja

    System Ninja is a fast, simple yet powerful cleaning app designed to scans your system and helps you get rid of junk files, and also performs other optimization tasks.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jerry Richards
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "System Ninja is a fantastic app. This made my computer run a lot faster."
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    #16[TUTORIAL] How to Make Your Windows Computer Run Faster

    [TUTORIAL] How to Make Your Windows Computer Run Faster
    This article by Wired Impact shows you four easy ways to make your Windows computer run faster by using the tools that the system already has to perform regular maintenance.
    Articles

    Free

    Brian Bradley
    Written on March 6, 2017
    "I used the tips provided by WiredImpact.com, on how to make my computer run faster. It was taking forever for my computer to load and I was getting random crashes and freezes. The tips that were provided to me through the website greatly reduced both of my problems. I think they provide a great service if you are having issues with your computer crashing or random slow downs."
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    #17[TUTORIAL] How to speed up your computer by deleting temporary files

    [TUTORIAL] How to speed up your computer by deleting temporary files
    Temporary files are created automatically as you use your computer. Sometimes they take up more space than they should, slowing the performance of your computer. This video shows you how to delete those files to speed up your computer and free disk space.
    Videos

    Free

    Matthew Collins
    Written on May 7, 2017
    "My computer was getting really slow and I was running out of space but this Youtube video was great in helping me learn how to clean up temporary files that my computer makes. It's crazy how many files you can build up over time."
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    #185 ways to spring clean your PC or laptop

    5 ways to spring clean your PC or laptop
    An article by PC Advisor that explains five ways to rid your computer of unused files, programs and protocols that are making it slower.
    Websites

    Free

    Paul Holland
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "I tried the methods listed in the article and the only thing that helped was to stop a couple programs from launching on startup. This article is really just for freeing up disc space and NOT making your pc run faster. I wouldn't suggest wasting your time if a faster pc is what you're after."
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    #19Bleachbit

    Bleachbit

    BleachBit is an open-source system cleaner for Windows and Linux. Using 2000+ cleaners, it maintains your privacy and frees up disk space.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    James Hart
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Lately, my computer has been running slower than usual. So I was interested in finding a solution to try to make my computer run faster. I tried this open source software called Bleachbit, which was supposed to clean my system and free up disk space. Unfortunately, I am not seeing any improvements in performance speed for my PC."
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    #20PrivaZer

    PrivaZer

    PrivaZer is a free and easy-to-use Pc cleaner and privacy tool which automatically recognizes your storage device type and adapts its overwriting algorithms to the storage medium (magnetic disk, SSD, etc).

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Austin Fields
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "These days I am paranoid of what is on my PC, either what I download or by accident. If you want to protect you privacy, then PrivaZer is a cleaning and privacy program for you. PrivaZer removes and overwrites your traces to leave a clean PC that is safe from prying eyes. PrivaZer is free to download and you can make a donation if you like it. You will gain both storage space and peace of mind with PrivaZer."
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    #21System Mechanic

    System Mechanic

    System Mechanic is an optimization tool with patented performance technology, that fixed frustrating errors, crashes and freezes and restores maximum speed, power, and stability of your CPU.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jason Gonzales
    Written on September 24, 2017
    "If you have a slow PC that tends to crash at the wrong moments then you need System Mechanic to clean out the clutter and bloat to get it working like new. Takes care of the bloat and unnecessary files that slow your PC down."
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    #224 Tips to Make Your Windows 10 Computer Run Faster

    4 Tips to Make Your Windows 10 Computer Run Faster
    This article by Gizmodo shows you four easy ways to make your Windows 10 computer run faster by using the tools that the system already has to perform regular maintenance.
    Articles

    Free

    Jason Dunn
    Written on May 6, 2017
    "My computer was lagging and freezing way more than when I originally got it. I started searching online and I found this article to be very helpful. I am a laymen when it comes to computers and this was 4 easy things that definitely helped my computer run more smoothly. I wouldn't have thought to do these things and looking further it seems that these are the easiest and simplest solutions and really fixed the reason my computer was getting slower."
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    #23IObit - Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 11

    IObit - Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 11

    The Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 11 is a robust antivirus that protects your PC from different threats. It also works as an effective system optimization tool!

    Software

    Other Platform

    Free- 29.99

    Waliullah Bukhari
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Well, I trust Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 11. It's pro version is just about 30$ dollars. It is a great program to use as a protector and cleaner for your PC. It also shows system performance of your PC at the top right corner of the screen. So, sometimes your PC also run slow because of the dust inside it. You have to open your PC and clean it up with an air blower. As bonus, you can also buy an SSD, a graphics card and a new processor to upgrage your old HDD, your old Graphics card and your processor. This is an extreme option. Don't you think so?"
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    #24CleanMyMac X

    CleanMyMac X

    CleanMyMac X is software available for free download for  Mac users. It cleans up unwanted apps, broken programs, frees up large junk files, and even speeds up device performance. It also includes Malware protection to ensure its safety.

    Software

    Mac

    $34.95- Free trial available

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Best What are the best resources for making your computer run faster
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1CCleanerSoftware 80 Free
2SolutoSoftware 41 Free
3Glary UtilitiesSoftware 39 Free
4CCEnhancerSoftware 35 Free
5Duplicate CleanerSoftware 33 Free
6MalwarebytesSoftware 30 Free
7Windows 10 - How to Disable Startup ProgramsVideos 28 Free
8Revo UninstallerSoftware 27 Free
9ZSoft Unninstaller Software 26 Free
10StarterSoftware 25 Free
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