Look, computers slow down. It's as inevitable as death and taxes. As they age, the performance will slowly but surely dwindle until that sweet $800 rig you bought starts behaving more like a $200 notebook. Hell, you're probably reading this on one right now. Clicked on this article because you want to find out how to get that computer back to what it once was. Well, you came to the right place. Introducing 5 effective ways to instantly speed up your PC...

Number 5: Clear Out Temporary Files

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Most people don't know about this one. Basically, "temporary files" are files that Windows does not use anymore. With there being no use for it, Windows simply moves all of them to a separate folder called " TEMP ". It seems that some people never knew this file existed, and just let the trash buildup. If you've never deleted temporary files before, you could have up to gigabytes worth of useless junk, slowing your PC down. And if Windows doesn't need it, why keep it on your PC? Here's how you delete them.

Open the run box. If you don't know how, just press Windows Key+R. In that box type this: %temp%. This will lead you the the folder where all the files are stored. You don't need me to tell you what to do next. Get rid of 'em, and watch as your computer starts behaving a hell of a lot better than it used to.

Number 4: Disable Animations

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CPU's will be affected by animations

When your PC is getting slow, it's better to get rid of as much strain on the CPU as possible. And that's where animations come in. Animations just put an unnecessary workload on the CPU, forcing it to process all those movements that it makes. If you are looking to improve performance, and let other applications run smoother, it is probably a good idea to disable them, or at the very least animations that you don't notice anyways. Here's how.

Control Panel. From there, go to System and Security, system, Advanced System Settings, and then settings. This is where you will get to select all the animations that you can disable. Just select "Custom", and choose which animations you wish to disable. My personal recommendation is getting rid of all of them, but if you'd really like, you can pick and choose. This won't provide a massive boost to performance, but it will be noticeable, in an extremely good way

Number 3: Clear Our Unnecessary Programs (And Other Junk)

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I'm willing to take a bet that more than half of the applications and/or files on your computer simply aren't being used anymore. Just delete them. The less junk that's being piled up on your computer, the less Windows has to concentrate it's CPU towards them. Meaning that there is more processing power being shelved out to the programs that matter, leading to better performance overall.

A tool that I personally recommend is CCleaner. It's basically a one-stop shop for all your PC cleaning needs. It will get rid of files, uninstall programs, and everything in between for the cheap price of absolutely FREE. Of course, you could just manually delete everything, but for the sake of efficiency, download CCleaner. It's a beast of a program, and once you use it, it's not something you'll be ignoring again.

Number 2: (For Laptops) Clean The Cooler

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Sure, maybe your problem is software related. Or maybe not. If you're on a laptop, you might want to look into cleaning the laptop's fan. Overtime, dust can be built up in the laptop's fan, slowing everything down. A simple cleaning of the compartment can be extremely helpful in fixing the performance of your laptop.

One of the best methods to cleaning the fan is to use a can of compressed air. This can be found on Amazon. Pop the back open, and blow the air towards the vents and fan. Make sure that you are blowing it out, and not just around the inside. Once you have achieved a thorough cleaning, put the laptop back together, and watch as your performance changes drastically.

Number 1: Do a FULL Antivirus Scan

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When performance starts derailing, before ANYTHING, do a full antivirus scan. More often than not, shitty behavior is cause of a piece of malware, hiding out in your computer. You'll never know it, because a full malware scan has probably only been done once on your computer, and even that was most likely cut short. Listen. I know it takes a long time. But if your computer is slowing down, and you don't really understand what the root cause is, then this is in your best interest. Take the time out of your day, and do that full scan. If you have a good antivirus, it will be removing the pieces of malware as it detects them in the scan. Some that I personally recommend are Avast Free Antivirus, Kaspersky Free AV, and for those folks willing to shelve out some cash, ESET.