If you own a windows desktop, laptop, or even server in some of these cases - This is my official "how to" on making the most out of your computer as far as speed and performance. These tips will clean your system of potential threats, inefficiencies, and errors that can make your computer slow and laggy!
Generally speaking, these tips will only pertain to windows systems, sorry macs, you are already pretty optimized through system updates. Unless Apple decides that your computer is no longer worth it and then it will slow down to force you into buying a new one... I digress....
Cleaning and Security
When it comes to privacy, security, cleaning and maintenance - It can be extremely difficult for someone looking at a solution that WONT slow their system down. Generally speaking, if you run an antivirus on your computer, you can guarantee that it's using a good chunk of your CPU and ram on a daily basis. Most antivirus software will constantly be running and scanning, and it takes a huge toll on performance. If you want your system to be safe and not have to constantly be running I would suggest this 2 part combination of cleaning and security.
Cleans and scans for malicious pre-existing software, malware, and tracking cookies
Allows you to uninstall Microsoft proprietary and other applications you normally wouldn't be able to using the regular "add or remove programs"
Removes un-needed registry and duplicate files on system cleaning up space, and therefor making your system faster
Doesn't run in background - only will call - I prefer this for pretty much every single app on my computer
When it comes to anti malware, Malwarebytes has the best performance and reputation
Dynamic setting allow you to meter run time, making things like gaming, steaming, and utilizing other resources elsewhere
Options for quick and deep scanning that you can run overnight (if you are worried about viruses)
Free version available and pretty decent all things considered. Of course the paid versions offer better security and optimization