Set up a network printer
9 Scan for viruses
A slow PC could be symptomatic of a virus, so make sure you scan it – and remove any infected files – regularly. Windows Defender, which comes with every version of Windows since Windows 8, does a good job. Free alternatives include AVG (www.avg.com/) and Malwarebytes (www.malwarebytes.com). Removing viruses will speed up our PC and protect your privacy!
10 Advanced measures
Your PC should now be running fast again. If not, it’s time for advanced measures. First, clean up your registry with CCleaner (www.piriform.com/ccleaner), which will remove invalid and outdated Windows Registry entries, as well as leftover files from uninstalled apps. If that doesn’t help, try reinstalling or refreshing Windows. No dice? Then it’s time to upgrade your hardware.