By Sharon Osorio
Buffalo, NY – The long Thanksgiving weekend is over and now it's Cyber Monday. It's the day many online retailers are offering great deals for holiday gifts.
But is your computer ready to cooperate?
Many online stores today are offering deals you cannot refuse. But one thing that can stall your shopping spree is the speed of your computer. It's an even bigger problem today because so many other people are online and on the same sites.
"Cyber Monday is one of those times that everyone is trying to shop, so chances are you are going to run into bottlenecks," said Keith Curtachio.
Keith Curtachio is an Information Technology director at the University at Buffalo. He says the first thing you need to do is get your computer started well before you want to shop.
"If you have a lot of other files, if you have a lot of startup programs even if you have a lot of fancy toolbars on your browser, each one of those will slow down the boot up of the computer. So you might actually get to the Website later even if everything else is okay," said Curtachio.
And those files that need to boot up may also be sucking memory and speed from your computer while you're shopping. Shortcuts on your screen can drag you down, but you can easily delete them without deleting the actual programs. Now let's look at the bottom of your screen.
"Look by your clock and you see all these icons to the left of your clock. Each one has to load in memory, taking up active memory even if you're not using it at that moment," Said Curtachio.
Once you exit out of the ones you don't need, update your browser or any programs like Flash that you've been prompted to do. Then run Disk Cleanup, and then Disk Defragmenter, both found in System Tools.
Curtachio also stresses security when you're online. Do not submit information unless you know you're on a safe page.
"If you have a lot of other files, if you have a lot of startup programs even if you have a lot of fancy toolbars on your browser, each one of those will slow down the boot up of the computer," said Curtachio.