Nothing can be more frustrating than waiting for something to load. Your once speedy computer is now performing at a sluggish pace, halting all productivity in its wake. With time and wear, most computers begin to slow down. There are a few habits, however, that can keep the slowing process at bay. If you want to avoid “the spiraling rainbow circle of death,” take note of these tips:

Don’t install unnecessary software

Always think twice before installing something you might not use frequently. Anything you don’t use often can become clutter and add to your boot time. Instead of quickly hitting install, stop and ask yourself how much you plan on using the new program. Also, it’s a good idea to routinely take stock of what you’ve downloaded and delete anything you no longer use.

Avoid shady sites

This one should be a given. If a shady site asks you to download a program, chances are a virus could be hidden under its surface. And, nothing slows down a computer like a nasty virus. If the download-in-question looks too good to be true, or it just smells plain fishy, leave the site immediately.

Reboot and update regularly

Most modern computers should be programmed to install updates automatically. Always take heed to these notifications, as updates can patch up any holes within your antivirus system. Updating your operating system, and rebooting your computer regularly, can keep everything running smoothly without taking up too much time.

Sweep out the dust

Most don’t know how damaging dust can be to their computer. Dust can impede air flow, which is critical to keeping computer temperature low. Clean out dust by removing its exterior, or taking it to a provider for professional cleaning. If you are able to routinely get your computer cleaned, you should notice a difference in your load time (and it’ll just look better, too!)