Optimize your computer

Is your computer running a little slowly lately? No, you're not imagining it. Much like cars, computers benefit from regular maintenance.  Here are some easy steps you can take to keep your machine running as well as when you first got it.

  • Remove unwanted applications – Every once in a while, check your list of installed applications. If there are any you're not using anymore, uninstall them! Many applications have processes that run in the background which can slow down your system unnecessarily if you're no longer using them.
  • Run regular malware scans – Even the best antivirus systems miss things. In addition to keeping your antivirus up to date, running a separate scan for malware can often pick up little things that could be slowing down your machine without you knowing.
  • Optimize your filesystem – Computers get digitally "dirty" with regular use, building up temporary files, caches, and old registry references that can slow your system down. A utility like the free app CCleaner for Mac or PC (and included on all Stonehill computers) can analyze and remove excess "junk" data that could be considerably clogging up your filesystem.

 If you need help using any of these tips or have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 508-565-1435 or via e-mail at service-desk@stonehill.edu.