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Why is my computer so slow

Many computer users wonder “ why is my computer so slow ?” This is generally a question that most computer users dread especially those who are not techie. Usually a computer that started out slow will have other problems if not fixed upon the onset. It could further slow down, produce error messages and crash afterwards.

If you are already wondering “ why is my computer so slow ?” for the nth time, it’s time to look at the possible reasons in order for you to understand and look for a solution:

Why is is my computer so slow

– Start-up overload

When there are too many programs that simultaneously open upon start-up that drags down your computer’s performance. And over time, this can cause some problems other than the sluggishness of your machine. Uncheck the programs that are not needed to open upon start-up by opening the “run” box and choosing the items you don’t need. Do not uncheck the other important items such as the anti-virus program, firewall or anything that is not familiar to you because they could be vital during the start-up.

– Virus and Spyware

An infected computer may not immediately show signs, but in time it will. The best thing to do is to install an anti-virus and anti-spyware as early as after you purchase your computer, before you go online. There are many good programs out there that are free to download such as Avast. You computer also has its built-in firewall to help protect your machine, but reinforcing it with another program makes it safer.

– Registry errors

Windows registry can become corrupted and therefore cause a slow down. This is an important component of Windows OS because it tracks and maintains all installed programs and hardware. When you delete, move or alter an installed program, the registry may experience errors if the process is not done correctly or if there was a twitch in the process.

Getting a registry repair program to fix these errors can significantly help your computer’s performance, bringing it to its optimum speeds and stabilizing the system.

– Hard drive fragmentation

Fragmentation happens when there are too many scattered file all over your hard drive. This slows down your computer because when you open a file that has been saved or altered several times, the system will take time in getting all the scattered information before it opens the file.

Defragmenting your hard drive helps prevent slow down as it puts back the fragments of information together. Your computer has a built-in defragmenter that you can set every week or every month. For optimum performance, set it to twice a month [once every two weeks].

– Too many files and too little RAM

If you have an old computer that is way below the Gigabytes in memory, then it’s time to add more RAM to your computer. In case you can’t let go of your beloved machine, at least upgrade the memory to reach the Gigabyte level especially if you are using it often and saving tons of files.

You should also use an external hard drive or a flash drive in order to prevent memory overloads.

– Temporary files

If there is a years-worth of temporary files in your hard drive, this can really drag down your computer. In order to fix this, search “Disk cleanup” in search option.

– Hardware problem

There are various issues that can occur to your hardware such as the normal wear and tear, dust and over-heating. Typically for hardware problems, especially when there are parts to be removed and installed, it’s best to take your computer to a qualified technician to repair it. Even if you just suspect something’s wrong, don’t try to open your computer if you don’t have the know-how. Have it evaluated at a computer store or call a computer tech to do home service. It may be a bit pricey, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you’re still stuck on probable reasons as to “why does my computer run slow”, you can start by browsing online and look for similar cases and read the entire article. If the problems and symptoms are not hardware-related, you should look for solutions that you can apply easily such as installing anti-virus, running built-in clean-up and fix programs, and downloading and installing a registry cleaner.

Many people who started out thinking “ Why is my computer so slow ” end up facing Windows registry problems. Don’t dread this problem because it can be fixed even without a technician. Browse online and you’ll find numerous programs that are specially developed to clean up Windows registry.

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