The following are computer troubleshooting steps to perform if you think that your computer is running slow:
If your computer has not been reboot recently make sure to reboot it before following any of the below steps.
One of the most common reasons for a slow computer are programs running in the background. Remove or disable any TSRs and startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots.
Free Hard Drive Space
Verify that there is at least 200-500MB of free hard drive space. This available space allows the computer to have room for the swap files to increase in size as well as room for temporary files.
Scan for Malware
Today, spyware and other malware is a big cause of many computer problems including a slow computer. Even if an antivirus scanner is installed on the computer we recommend running a malware scan on the computer. Use the free version of Malwarebytes to scan your computer for malware.
- Make sure you have all the latest windows updates installed in the computer.
- If you are on the Internet when your computer is slow also make shure all browser plugin are up-to-date.
Computer or processor is overheating
Make sure your computer and processor is not overheating. Excessive heat can cause a significant decrease in computer performance since most processors automatically step the speed of the processor down to help compensate compensate for the heat related issues.
If your computer is older than five years come to terms that it is likely the age of the computer that is causing it to be slow. Computers progress at an alarming rate as new programs and updates for programs come out their minimum requirements increase and will cause older computers to slow down. If your computer is older than five years we suggest purchasing a new computer or just realize after following the above steps it is going to run slower than a newer computer.
Finally, if your computer continues to be slower than normal after going over each of the above recommendations (including erasing and starting over) it’s possible that your computer is experiencing a more serious hardware related issue such as a failing component in the computer. This could be a failing or bad hard drive, CPU, RAM,motherboard, or other component.
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