10 ways to fix a slow PC

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

System a bit slow? Remember a time when it used to be faster?

Assuming the memories aren't wishful thinking, there's a bit you can do to clear out the cobwebs and get your computer running up to speed again, both on the hardware and the software side.

So before you pull the plug and buy a new PC, here are a few things you can do to possibly recover some lost speed.

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dougaussie posted a comment   

how come I can't buy online Norton 360 in the USA for $49 for 3 pc's when my Australian dollar is worth $1.04 ? huh, how come I have to renew my subscription for 99.99 but I can get the same thing from Harvey norman after cash back for 89.99, huh, huh, tell me? My Australian dollar ONLINE DOWNLOAD should be able to buy 360 for even less than $49. Sure I've a got a 5 pc's version but the renew site won't even give me the option of going down. Norton you suck. You had better bring out Norton 360 for 3 pcs for 49 bucks Australian in the next two weeks cause when my subscription expires, you expire permanently from my two computers.


HenryR posted a comment   

Who does these tests at Cnet? Because Avast is actually the lowest impacting anti virus and does a better job than avg while its doing it. Barely takes any memory to run it. Not only that but unless you have a virus there is no need to format your hard drive and re-install windows. Everything else is somewhat accurate, if you really are looking to speed up your computer, use ccleaner to turn off start up apps that dont get used all the time and turn off all windows features that you dont use and see it speed up a lot just after doing that. I thought the people at Cnet were suppose to be top notch.


JohnZabro posted a comment   

It only takes one step on a Mac - http://store.apple.com/au


Dunners posted a reply   

And another $2000 ;p


AlvinB posted a reply   

and not pieces of $600-800 every 1 and a half yrs ;p

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