With the amount of work lawyers do on a daily basis, it only makes sense for their computers to be running as fast as possible. Below are some tips (for both PC and Mac users) to help speed up a sluggish machine.
1. Periodically Turn Off/Restart Your Computer
If you have had your computer on for an extended amount of time, it is safe to say you probably have numerous programs open that are draining your computer’s resources and causing it to move slower than you would like. Instead of searching through your programs to try and pinpoint exactly what is causing your computer to be slow, a simple restart might just fix the issue. A restart also might trigger some automatic updates that are patiently waiting in the background to improve your computer’s performance.
2. Uninstall Unused Programs
Sometimes, as a lawyer, you see a useful program online, use it once or twice, and then never use it again. Doing that over the course of a year—or years— can take up a lot of computer space and resources. Removing these programs and adding them only when needed is a great way to save space on your computer and help increase its speed as well.
3. Check for Viruses and Malware
You can use your computer’s built-in virus scanner or download a third-party app like Malwarebytes to scan and remove viruses/malware. Malwarebytes is a great tool in finding/removing malware on your computer. It is free to use and easy to set up.
4. Remove Unnecessary Browser Extensions
Yes, those little icons at the top of browser maybe helpful, but do you really need all of them? Too many add-ons can slow down your computer. If you are only using them once in a while, remove them and download them again when necessary.
5. Check Your Internet Connection
You might think your computer is causing you to have a slow and maybe non-existent Wi-Fi/Internet connection. But, the issue might be your router or modem—instead of your computer itself. Resetting your router (by unplugging it for about 10 seconds and plugging it back in) might be the solution to your problems.
If you have any other way to speed up your computer—let us know in the comments below.