10 ways to speed up a slow PC

Do you run antivirus? Is it old? Some companies of late have really focused on getting system impact as small as it can get, notably Symantec, whose Norton software is now incredibly trim, but is still fighting its old reputation for bloatware.

Performance impact is a tricky metric to cover; however, for best overall performance and speed we recommend Bitdefender Total Security 2012, followed by Norton Internet Security 2012.

If you're of the free mindset, AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012 provided the lowest average system impact in our tests once scan time was taken into account.

Run a full scan, protect yourself
While we're at it, let's make sure there's no malware on the system that could be slowing your machine down. Run a full scan through your antivirus program, then install Spybot Search and Destroy, update and then do a full scan there, too. Run an immunisation when the scan is done, and if you want to be doubly sure, grab SpywareBlaster as well, update and then perform an immunization there as well.

Credit: BitDefender

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