Why is my computer so slow?
We asked our followers to share their number one computer issue that has been bothering them of late. To cut a long story short, most of the answers we received pointed out that end users are not very familiar with what happens behind the scenes or how applications run on your computer. Most people have no idea why computers are slow in the first place.
This blog post will clear out why my computer is so slow & some potential solutions too! So, read on!
What are the common reasons for a computer to be slow?
The primary reasons why desktops computers and laptops are slow to include the following:
Too Many Unnecessary Software Installed
There comes a time when we have too many programs installed on our computer. The system is full of temporary files that reduce performance. If your computer has viruses they can keep running on your PC in the background.
So, whenever you experience slowness in your computer, make sure to clean up unnecessary software.
As time goes by and the number of programs installed on your PC increase and accumulates, low memory will become a problem. You can check the available memory on your PC in Windows XP by right-clicking My Computer and selecting Properties. Then, go to Advanced Tab > Performance > Virtual Memory. You can increase your available memory by moving the slider to the right.
Your computer is infected with a virus.
Having antivirus software installed doesn’t mean that your system is entirely secure! Viruses are becoming more and more complex, so you should always be careful.
Do not use websites that offer free music, movies, or software because they might have viruses.
Low Internet Speed
If you have poor Internet speed, it will have a direct impact on your computer’s performance. For example, when you download a large file, the Internet speed affects the total time to finish downloading. If your Internet connection is slow, it will take longer to upload files. It can also take a long time when you play games or watch videos.
There is too much junk on your computer.
Slow performance is also sometimes caused by a lack of free disk space. If you have installed many programs, then it will be necessary to delete unused files from time to time. It’s a good idea to schedule a cleaning on a regular bases.
You may have outdated drivers for your hardware.
Drivers are necessary because they connect the software with the hardware to provide better performance. Every time you install or update programs, it is automatically installed without any prompt. It can result in having older versions of drivers that cause problems (such as blue screen errors) on your computer.
Preventing future problems with your PC by following these simple steps:
- Keep your computer clean
- Back up your data
- Keep browsers updated and patched
- Have your computer cleaned on regular bases
- Check for viruses
- Have your hard drive defragmented
- Turn off unnecessary services
- Use a program to optimize your PC
- Change the power options on your wireless adapter
- Change your display settings
- Keep drivers updated
Final WordsIf you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your computer likely needs a tune-up. Contact us to help optimize the performance of your device so that you don’t have to worry about slowing down again!
Q: What is the best way to keep my computer fast and safe?
A: The most important things you can do to help speed up your computer is to have it cleaned regularly, backing your data, and ensuring your Windows installation is fully patched with the latest updates.
Q: Will defragmenting my computer make it faster?
A: It depends. If you’ve recently installed programs or saved documents in many different places, then yes, defragmenting is undoubtedly a good idea.