Here are a few things that I have picked up over the years to make it run faster and reduce bloat.
Disclaimer: I am no expert – though I am an engineer who has been know to figure out a few things here and there.
If your computer is old, replace it – they are so inexpensive these days – no one has time to wait for a slow/old computer.
Get a docking station so you are not cord fumbling.
Get wired external keyboard
An external monitor is a great addition – they are worth it so you don’t have to struggle with a small laptop screen.
Use a wired mouse dedicated for home keep it plugged into docking station (most laptop integrated mice are inferior) – go wireless if you want, but I like not dealing with batteries and Bluetooth issues.
Run a cat 6 cable from your router directly to your docking station, wireless signals not as fast nor as reliable. May have to drill a few holes here and there, but it is worth it. (sometimes can't put the router in same room as docking station)
Corded docking station connection will free up some bandwidth for you mobile devices / fire stick etc… too – they will run a percentage faster overall – as your pc will have a phantom draw of bytes while turned on.
Make sure your router and cable modem is not too old, if so replace so they are not the weak link.
Make sure to disconnect from wireless networks if you are using a hard line – then it won’t fumble around looking for wireless networks when you are home.
Free program suggestions:
Decrapifier – gets rid of the “Crap” programs on your computer – peer review analyzes what most people delete.
Malwarebytes – run it weekly or so, or buy the auto version and will be real-time
Pdfexchange – use instead of ram bloating adobe pdf viewer – has more features too, like being able to make measurements
Dopdf8 – print from any program on your PC to pdf file, eliminates lots of paper usage.
The great suspender for chrome – keep your tabs open, I usually keep about 20. This guy will freeze each tab to free up memory. Click on the tab to un-Hans Solo it.
Try the above tips for a few days/weeks and report back with your findings, I think you will find that things will be better than before implementation.