So why do computers start running more slowly? Here is a list of the most common reasons for a slow computer.
- You may have a virus. - By far the most common cause of a slow computer is a computer virus or some other malware. In the old days it was fine to just install an anti-virus program on your computer and you would be off and running. But today virus authors are getting sneakier and sneakier. They'll invite you to down some amazing new tool bar, some coupon application, or tell you that you need to update an application to the latest version. Once they get on your system, they'll disable your anti-virus program and the next thing you know your system could become infected with hundreds or even thousands (yes, we've actually had a customer with thousands) of viruses. So be aware of what you're allowing to install on your computer.
- Your computer might be overheating. - Overheating is not uncommon. In fact it's a very easy thing to occur. The computer typically overheats because a fan has gone out somewhere in the system, but that's not the only thing that could cause this issue. If you're on a laptop, keep it off of pillows, blankets, or towels. These block the airflow for the fans to work properly. If your on a desktop, pay attention to where your computer is located. Is it in an area that restricts airflow? Is it somewhere near a window that gets a lot of sunlight at certain times of the day? Do you hear a computer fan? Do you find your mouse suddenly jumping around the screen, or your keyboard having a long delay between what you're typing and what you're seeing on the screen? These are some of the things to look out for when your computer might be overheating.
- Your operating system could be too much for your system. - If you've recently upgrade your operating system (Like say from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1), you may be pushing the limitations of the computer hardware you own. Be sure to run upgrade testing software beforehand to make sure your computer can handle the upgrade.
- Someone installed some new software or hardware. - Often times there are several people using a single computer in a household. If that's the case, someone may have installed something that you may not be aware or and that software or hardware could be causing a compatibility or resource overload situation. Check to see if there is any software you do not recognize on the computer.
- You may be running low on disk space. - Finally, you may just be running low on hard drive space. Windows in particular uses what's "virtual memory" (or swap drives, for those of you who are more technically inclined). This virtual memory uses part of your computers hard drive as computer RAM (random access memory). If the drive starts running out of space you could also be running low virtual memory, as most systems are set up to let Windows mange this on it's own Clean off unnecessary files of applications to free up some space and let Windows have it's virtual memory space back.
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