Reasons Why Your Computer is Running Slow

If you have owned a laptop or desktop for a while, you might notice that your computer is starting to get some hiccups when you’re using it. It could just be a minor issue that can be easily resolved with the right knowledge and tools, before it starts to get worse as time goes.

    Read this article to find out why your computer is running slow and how to fix various user, hardware, and software issues for immediate PC performance and speed improvement.

    User

    1. Too many startup programs

    Many programs will automatically run when you start your computer. Most of these programs don't need to open right when your computer finishes booting up, hence the longer startup time.

      To fix this, simply set the less important programs to be launched manually, when you need them.

      2. Gaps in time between reboots

      If it has been a few days since you last powered down completely, it might be a good idea to give your computer a little break.

        Shutting down or rebooting your computer clears out the memory cache, which will usually result in a faster, more responsive computer.

        3. Too many background programs

        You might not realize that there are programs that may be running in the background and using up a large amount of processing power.

          Review how much processing power each program is using and close the ones that do not need to be running.

          Hardware

          1. Hard drive is almost full or fragmented

          Files that are needed for programs to operate are stored in the hard drive, so as storage space fills up, it may cause your computer to operate at a slower pace. You may notice performance issues long before your hard drive is full.

            When files are written over, it may be fragmented and exist in multiple places, so the processor must retrieve them from many sections of the hard drive. If opening a file takes a long time, disk defragmentation may help.

            2. Not enough memory

            Depending on how long you have had your computer and how you are using it, you may need to increase your memory (RAM). In general, 8GB is sufficient for most users, but again this may vary for different use cases.

            3. Processor is overheating

            Your PC is going to heat up a little as your processor perform heavier tasks. That is why your computer has a fan - to cool down the processor.

              If your processor is overheating, check to make sure the fan is not obstructed, that it is clean and free of debris, and that it is functioning properly.

              Software

              1. Your PC have a virus

              A virus or malware can cause your computer to function more slowly. If you have antivirus software installed, scan your computer regularly. It is also advisable to run a malware scan in addition to a virus scan..

              2. Software needs to be updated

              With so many software platforms being used, it's important that you ensure you are using the latest version of each.

                If your computer is running slow, you may need to download the latest version of Windows and also whichever browser you use.

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