If so, I’ve been testing a nifty free download called Project Mercury that could help speed things up for you.
Project Mercury is a small, lightweight utility that automatically optimizes the way your computer’s CPU assigns the priority it gives to your PC’s open windows and browser tabs.
By default, the window or browser tab that’s currently active will be given a higher priority while reducing the priority given to all the inactive windows and tabs. The result is a noticeably faster PC!
I’ve been testing Project Mercury for several days now, and I’ve been fairly impressed with the difference it makes.
I typically have several programs running at once in addition to at least a dozen open browser tabs, and I’ve noticed a huge decrease in response time when Project Mercury is active.
As mentioned above, Project Mercury is a free download, but they do request a donation in order to remove an occasional “nag screen”. You can use the program for free or send the author the requested donation, your choice. Everything works exactly the same either way.
Note: I ran a Virus Total scan on the Project Mercury executable file and one (and only one) of the scanning engines reported a malware infection.
However, two of my malware security expert friends analyzed the code for me and both of them determined that the malware hit is almost certainly a false positive. And that makes sense to me since all the other scanning engines gave the file a clean bill of health.
Bottom line: If your PC slows to a crawl when it’s running multiple programs and open browser tabs, Project Mercury just might help speed things back up for you!
Project Mercury is a portable program. That means it doesn’t have to be installed before you can use it. Simply download it from this page, then right-click on the Mercury.exe file and click Run as administrator.
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