If you’re not savvy with what makes home computers tick, there’s nothing more frustrating than getting slow performance and having no idea why it’s happening. While sometimes it’s best to simply find a reliable and affordable local computer repair shop, sometimes simple things can be handled by a novice at home. Here are a few reasons your computer may be running slowly:
1. You have too many programs installed. Over time, it’s easy to forget all those different applications we download. Sometimes they rarely get used, if at all. While you may think you aren’t using them, some applications may be running in the background. The more you are using at any given time, whether actively or unknowingly, the more your RAM is being taxed.
One remedy would be to upgrade your RAM, if you still have space for it. While that’s a great idea, if you aren’t mindful of the accumulating apps and utilities you are adding over time, it will likely eventually be an issue again. Just don’t get rid of them willy-nilly, some are vital for your computer to function properly.
Besides simply deleting the programs, the problem may be that too many are automatically opening when you turn your computer on. The number of start-up programs can on a PC by going to your Start menu and type "msconfig" into the open box. Your system configuration utility will open. Click the "startup" tab and uncheck the programs you don’t want to startup automatically.
2. Your computer is infected with a virus or malware. In the age of the Internet, malcontents all over the planet have the ability to inflict damage on computers everywhere. Much of this can be avoided, or at least identified, with anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
3. Your hard drive is fragmented. You may have heard the term “defragging” a computer. What sounds like a term used in military operations is actually just referring to a fairly common problem with the files on our computers. Without going into too much detail, when a file is modified, as you save and resave files, your computer will save them as separate files, which makes the time for accessing them longer. When you defrag your hard drive, the computer will try to combine those fragmented files for easier to access.
These are just a few of the more common causes for a slow computer. If you find that you are having difficulty diagnosing your problem, contact a local PC repair service to get you back up and running at full speed.