The day our computer starts running slower than usual is the moment most people believe they need to purchase a new one. However, there are a few reasons your computer might be slowing down and Office Specialists Inc. (OSI), has a few tips that can help you save money and time and get your computer back up to speed.
1. Free Up Some Space
One of the first things that you should do when your computer is running slower is see how much free space is remaining. Simply go through your computer’s hard drive. There are going to be files on there from five years ago, like a video you watched. Delete anything and everything you don’t need or move it to an external hard drive. You will notice the difference immediately. Be sure to not delete any system files. Only delete files you are sure are un-necessary.
2. Too Many Apps
Downloading applications and other programs is fun to do but did you know that they run in the background of your computer while you don’t even have them open? Your computer just can’t run everything all at once and when it tries, it slows down. Make sure you only have one anti-malware program and don’t use apps that say they can speed up your computer. Uninstall any programs that you do not use regularly.
A lot of us simply close our laptop or let our desktop go to sleep without turning it off. Turning off your computer allows it to “take a break” and when you restart it, it allows any updates to fully install.
Defragging your computer is essential to allow your hard drive to organize itself better. This allows your computer the time to put all your files in the correct places and therefore, it does not need as much time to find what you need.
5. Malware Scanner
You may click on an ad and not realize that you have just downloaded spyware or malware on your computer. Run a malware scanner in addition to any anti-virus programs that you run. Finding and uninstalling malware can really improve your computer’s speed.
6. Leftover Uninstalled Programs
Even when you uninstall, pieces of that program can stay behind. This can slow down your system because your computer doesn’t know what to do with them.
On a Windows operating system, the Pagefile is a temporary place where your computer moves around files while attempting to access applications. If your Pagefile is too small, your computer doesn’t have enough room and will ultimately make your computer slow.
A virus is similar to malware, in which it will really slow down your system. You can get a virus through an infected email or from a non-trusted website. Make sure you are running a virus scanner in real time mode on your computer.
9. Too Many Start Up Programs
If your computer is taking too long to start up, your computer may be set to start a lot of programs as soon as you boot up. You can change the settings to these programs specifically.
10. Clear Your Cache
This is the first thing you should do when your computer is starting to run slowly. Your Internet browser saves every image that you clicked on and each webpage you have ever visited. Clear your cache out and you’ll be amazed at the difference.
Of course if all else fails and a new computer is the only solution, we can make buying a new computer as easy as ever.