Increasing PC performance through intelligent optimisation


Increasing PC performance through intelligent optimisation

PCs and laptops can become sluggish as hard disks are crammed with temporary and abandoned files. Not only do they run slowly, but internet history and cookies pose a risk to privacy and security. Having an optimised pc, solo or a whole network, helps liberate disk space, increase safety and ensure the network is running swiftly and effectively.

Slow computers are a nemesis of many businesses and, as many users are reliant on web-based apps, increasing stretches of time are being spent accessing information via browsers. However, once a PC is burdened with an accumulation of browser activity, history, temporary files and downloads, performance slows dramatically. Companies can extend PC life by two years and save a lot of money by proactively harnessing intelligent optimisation services.

Many businesses can have hundred or thousands of PCs and laptops in use and, in the past, optimising an entire armada of devices was not feasible. Many users may sporadically indulge in a half-hearted clean-up operation when slow start up times and sluggish performance became too much to handle. However, this DIY approach to system maintenance is rarely beneficial if not performed by an expert and even companies that have dedicated IT departments can rarely deliver substantial enough solutions on a mass scale.

Slow running devices and crammed disks aside, temporary files and browser history can jeopardise company security and user privacy. Research conducted by one firm revealed that 76% of internet users are vulnerable to history detection. With user-based and cloud-based applications under constant use, an employee’s history can become extremely vulnerable as not all networks have extensive security and protection. This weakness can make confidential company documents, sensitive data and passwords accessible to anyone possessing the correct tools and know-how.

Companies that do not have comprehensive IT security in place are exposing themselves to severe risk and potential significant expense. To investigate even a small breach can result in costs of £100,000 is accrued by accountants, lawyers and computer technicians who are all working to ensure the issue is contained and dealt with in the most appropriate manner. Data breaches can cause irreversible harm by tarnishing a company’s reputation and, depending on the size of the company, rebuilding brand credibility and confidence could cost millions.

If operating on Windows, the backbone of the system is the registry and it is imperative that it receives regular maintenance to avoid operating and performance errors. The Windows registry is renowned for collecting redundant and corrupted files. The warning signs of trouble in relation to the registry include system crashes, stalling and very slow computer processes. In addition, malicious spyware can leave behind keys in the system that may not be detected and removed by all anti-spyware software.

The optimisation element provided on these services allows customers to take control of their own connections and block unwanted applications that may be having an adverse impact on their bandwidth usage.  The applications can be block backed on the individual user IP as well as any time limits set on the application itself.