Common Computer Problems – Computer Running Slow

There are lots of problems that peoples’ computer suffer from as they use them. These may include computer  running slow, computer freezes, computer keeps restarting, computer blue screen, keyboard, mouse and other devices not working properly, and many more.

This post takes a look at one of them, computer running slow and what one can do to address this problem.

Computer Running Slow

The problem of the computer running slow can be generated by either software or a hardware device. Despite the remarkable system specs, there are many reasons why your desktop or laptop will decide to run on their own slow pace.

These could be as a result of many programs running, shortage of memory, or a virus attack. The following is a list of possible causes of this problem and how to deal with it.

Too Many Programs Running (some during start-up)
Installed pragrams

No matter how high your computer’s specs, there is a limit as to how much load it can deal with. If you `observe your computer running unusually slow try to check if there are more programs than necessary running and close those not needed at the time. All running programs reside in memory (RAM) and lots of open programs can consume much of your memory which can even freeze the computer.

Secondly, it typically takes almost the same amount of time to boot Windows on any computer. Things only slow down when it comes to loading the drivers and startup files. Some of the software we add to the computer are required to launch as part of the Windows startup and this will result in sluggish performance. To fix this you need to reduce the number of applications that run during startup and this can be done using various utilities like MSConfig (will be treated in a later post).

Viruses And Spyware
Virus alert

One of the main reasons of slow or poor system performance is malicious software which can add themselves to your computer while you install software downloaded from the internet. To deal with malicious software you need to ensure that your computer is fully equipped with up to date antivirus and anti-malware tools that run regularly.

Fragmented Hard Drive
Fragmented Hard drive

One most common cause of a slow computer is a hard disk with fragmented files stored in scattered locations on the disk. Checking the disk for fragmented data can help with dealing with slow performance issues. To do this in Windows, right-click on drive C: in (My) Computer, select Properties > Tools > Defragment Now and follow the instructions provided.

Old Hardware

It is quite familiar to have a computer bought some years ago which has been slowly up-graded component-by-component until it eventually has all shining brand new parts, yet its performance is way below expectation. This could usually be due to a single element like RAM which hasn’t been up-graded or replaced, or may be a system that has been overhauled completely except for a motherboard which has a slow bus speed. Sometimes old cables can also cause slow transfers and loss of data which impacts performance speeds and make a decent looking computer under-perform.

Poor Ventilation and Dust

Dust is one of the many factors that can determine the lifespan of your computer and therefore needs to be paid attention to. Regular servicing is needed to remove dust which has built up in vents, on cables, fans and heatsinks. The processor, graphics card and motherboard always need to be kept cool otherwise performance issues will occur. This can be achieved by ensuring optimum internal airflow of your computer. It should be positioned in a ventilated area which is relatively cool and largely free of dust.

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