How to Make a Computer Run Videos Better

by Randall Shatto

Computer videos are viewable over the Internet, from downloadable resources and from a regular DVD or Blu-ray DVD. The video card, CPU, hard drive and memory work together to play videos on your computer. If your videos are sluggish, your computer's operating system or hard-drive files could be the problem. You may need a defragment or you could have a virus or adware infecting your system. There are some tricks that can make your videos run better.

Run an adware program such as Ad-Aware. This is a free program you download, install and update. Use the program to remove all of the adware from your PC. It takes about 30 minutes for Ad-Aware to complete.

Use a spyware application, such as SpyBot, to remove harmful cookies and programs that are on the computer. SpyBot also is a free program. Download, install and update the SpyBot definition files. Then click the "Scan" or "Start" button. The application will finish running in roughly 20 minutes.

Open your virus protection program. All computers should have one virus application. AVG and the online scanner from Trend Micro are both free. Install AVG, update the program and then "Scan" your computer. Go to Trend Micro's website and click "Scan Now" for the free online virus protection. The virus scanner will take approximately 2 hours for a complete scan.

Use the disk defragment option in Windows. Click on the "Start" button. Go to the "All Programs" link. Select the "Accessories" folder and then "System Tools." Double-click "Disk Defragment." The process takes about 2 hours to finish, depending on hard-drive speed and the number of fragmented files.

Download a media player such as VLC Media Player or Winamp Light. Or you may already have a media player on your computer.

Close all unnecessary programs that are open. This includes any peer-to-peer applications or instant messengers. If you are viewing a video online, close all tabs in your browser, except for that one. If you download the file, close your browser when you finish.

Tip

  • check If you are watching videos online, let the video buffer. Push the "Play" button. Then "Pause" the video. Wait about 10 minutes. Then press "Play" again.

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About the Author

Randall Shatto is a professional writer with 10 years of experience. Shatto maintains a focus in internet freelance ghost writing. His expertise includes medical writing, college paper composition and SEO-rich content writing. With only a high school education, Shatto's opportunities continue to grow. Shatto resides in the beautiful state of Oregon.