Why Are My Computers So Slow?

We’ve all been there. Our computer is humming along when all of a sudden it just – slows. down. Not fun, right? We have to put together some of the best solutions to some of the most common causes for a slow computer.

Here are some classic reasons why your computer might be slowing down:

1. Your hard drive could be too full of data to function efficiently. There should be at least 15% of free space to allow for disk file chores. This mostly applies to any drive either your system drive or a data only one. If your drive is too full, delete unused programs or old data on the drive to make space. If you need everything then its time to look at getting a second or larger drive.

2. Your computer could have a fragmented hard drive. This problem results from programs being loaded and deleted. Run the Windows hard drive defragmenter (Defrag) once a month.

3. You may need to free up some resources. Some programs don’t release resources as they finish with them which can cause a slow down. If you have been running a program for some time you can save your work and exit it. This will cause its resources to be returned to the system. This problem is specially true for programs such as browsers and word processors.

4. Your computer may have too many background programs running that there is not enough main memory to run your main programs. To see and remove all running background programs:
a. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time.
b. Click any program or task except Explorer or Systray.
c. Then click End Task.
After this, you should have a clean system. However, you have just removed the programs from your computer’s memory, a majority of them will likely restart the next time your computer starts.

5. If you have 1 GB of memory or less, or if you like to edit graphics, you may not have enough system memory to run your software efficiently. What should you do? Upgrade to at least 2 GB or more.

6. Your computer could be full of adware, spyware, viruses, or trojans. These are challenging programs that literally take over the functioning of your computer so they can run their programs. To get rid of these and to prevent them from installing in the first place, you need to update your firewall, anti-virus, and spyware removal programs.

Better Safe than Sorry

Unless you REALLY know what you are doing you should consider consulting an IT specialist before doing the above, specially the ones having to do with upgrades.