Nov 29

What Slows Down A Computer

What slows Down A Computer – 4 Common Causes

When you purchased your new computer or laptop, it was the latest model – the  newest, the best and the fastest. Remember how fast it used to be? Your computer booted up  within a minute. You could find and open files really quickly. And  the  system never froze up or slowed to a halt.

Now, you are lucky to see it boot up in 4 or 5 minutes – that is, if it  doesn’t completely freeze up in the process. Sometimes, it can get so bad that  if you type too fast, there is an actual delay before the words appear on the  screen. And the Internet  – well Web sites just seem to take forever to load.

What could be causing this? Did the manufacturer secretly install a  “secret programme ” that started slowing things down once the computer  got to a certain age? Or, maybe gremlins really do exist and have taken over  your system stopping it from running.

In reality, the problem with your computer is one faced by the majority of other  computer owners that sooner or later the system gets bogged down and grinds to a halt. There are a number of factors that lead to diminished  computer performance.

Below is a list of what slows down a computer or laptop.

Problem 1 – Your hard drive has become fragmented: Over  time, your hard drive has been responsible for saving, opening, closing and  moving thousands of files. As this happens, the hard drive becomes cluttered and  disorganized. There are two ways this can happen: the accumulation of unneeded  files and the inefficient use of space.

Unneeded files: Over time, your hard drive has collected temp files  and other files that your computer no longer needs but that are taking up  space.

Inefficient use of space: Just like a poorly-organized book shelf,  your hard drive does not store files close together in an efficient manner.  Rather, there are big gaps and holes between the files. This not only renders  much of the space unusable, it also results in your hard drive taking longer to  retrieve files it needs.

Solution: Run these two handy (and free) utilities, which  you can find in your Windows control panel: Disk Defragmenter and Disk  Cleanup.

Problem 2 – Your system is infected with spyware: Spyware is a  type of virus which sits on your computer and sends information about your  activities to other computers on the Internet. Not only is this an invasion of  your privacy, it also slows down your computer by using the processor for its  own devious needs.

Solution: Install and launch a good anti-spyware software  program. There are both free and fee-based versions available online.

Problem 3 – Your memory and processor have not kept up with your  software: As memory and fast processors have gotten cheaper, software  developers have continued to make heavier and heavier applications requiring  higher-capacity hardware.

Solution: If you have not upgraded your memory or processor  since you purchased your computer, doing so will almost surely give you a big  boost in performance.

Problem 4 – Your Windows registry has errors which can hamper the performance of your operating system. Your  computer operates on many levels at once. One important operational level works  just below the level of your operating system: the Windows registry. The  registry is like the control center for your computer’s software applications,  hardware and user settings. Over time, errors in registry “keys” (bits of  information or files) crop up and accumulate. Most aging computers have  thousands of these registry errors.

Solution: Run a free registry scan to find out how many  registry errors you have. Run the registry fix if the scan unearths a large  number of errors.

If you follow most or all of these solutions for your older PC, you will  undoubtedly end up with much faster computer performance. This will restore  things back to the way they were in the good-old-days, but without having to buy  an expensive new computer.

Please feel free to contact us for free advice regarding any of these problems and if you live within the areas we cover for computer repairs we will be happy give a fixed price quote to repair your system. If you are outside our area we can still offer free advice and tips via our email Contact Form

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