Is there anything worse than a slow computer? Not for the hundreds of thousands of people all over the world looking for ways to fix their slow computers, fast! and it’s not hard to understand why slow computers are the bane of modern existence. They’re so frustrating!
We know you’ve got work to do and you’ve got to get it done now, without the possibility of a slow computer, well, slowing you down.
Don’t even bother Googling how to fix it as you’ll come up with millions of tips and tricks to fix your slow computer, but many of these sites use complicated language or require the installation of dodgy software. As master computer repairers (yep, that’s a thing), we’ve learned a lot over the years and we know the all of the best ways to speed up your PC. If you use the following techniques, you’ll be able to ramp up the speed of your computer and keep it running fast for ages!
Out of the hundreds of reasons why your computer is running slow, most of them have one thing in common: you. It’s a vicious cycle: the more you use your computer, the slower it goes. All of those downloaded programs, extensions, music downloads and everything in between builds up like plaque on the inside of your computer. With a little computer hygiene, your computer can be repaired easily.
Let’s start with your environment, AKA, your study or wherever it is that you’re using your computer. If your room is covered in dust then you can be sure that the back of your CPU casing is covered in dust too. Poor ventilation leads to a hot computer which will inevitably result in an increase of malfunctions and worse, crashes. The fix is easy: clean your room and keep your computer clean and tidy too! As for the insides…
…it’s time to scan for malware.
There’s a very good chance that your computer is slow because of malicious software. This malware could be running in the background is often imperceptible. Even certain downloaded software that you got from a trusty source could be interfering with your web browsing. Just to be on the safe side, scan your computer with an antivirus program as soon as you see your computer starting to slow down. Scanning it with Malwarebytes will also help reveal any PUPS – potentially unwanted programs – that many antivirus programs miss. These sneaky guys creep into your computer uninvited during the installation of other software. It’s time to kick them out!
Last but not least, be sure to uninstall any programs you’re not using. Simply open your Control Panel and have a look at all of your glorious programs. Then start culling! A lot of these programs have hidden background process, auto starts, and system services that will most definitely slow down your PC. By cleaning out your computer you’ll also be amping up your system security as well as making more room on your hard drive.
We know that you spent a lot of money on your computer, and because of this, you might expect it to last a long time. Unfortunately, your PC isn’t like the other equipment you have around your house. Software is getting more complex and is constantly being updated – meaning every new version gets better but also takes up more room. There will come a point where your computer simply won’t be able to keep up with the latest software. This happens around the 3-5 year period if you buy value computers. It’s at this point when shopping around for a new, faster and more efficient computer becomes a necessity. However, if you’re unwilling to let go just yet, we can always help you out with a simple RAM upgrade. For a modern computer, 4GB is considered the minimum of RAM, so if you have 2GB or less you should seriously consider a RAM upgrade.
As you know, your computer’s hard drive is where you store your files. The hard drive itself is mechanical and therefore a lot slower than the electronic elements of your computer. A healthy hard drive keeps your computer running smoothly, but a failing one can cripple the performance of your PC. Worst case scenario: your computer will be impossible to start up. Lucky for you your slow computer is giving you a head’s up with its poor performance. Sometimes a simple defragmentation process can cure what ails your computer. Fragmentation is an indication that all of your hard drive files are split up and spread out on your drive resulting in a longer process to load them. Modern computers defrag automatically so it would be harmful to manually defrag your hard drive, however if your computer is over 10 years old it could be worth speaking to an expert about running a scan to see if any defragging is necessary.
Hard drive space is taken up by the usual suspects: programs, updates to programs, and downloads, as well as any temporary files and associated files of deleted programs. You can clear a good amount of space just by emptying your trash! A full hard drive is going to slow down your computer so you want to do a hard drive scan. Ideally, you want 10% of the total space free.
The age of your hard drive has a lot to answer for too. Newer and therefore bigger hard drives are faster because they store data in a smaller area so when your computer tries to read this data it gets more access to it in one go, which makes it faster to load. As a mechanical part of your computer, hard drives will eventually fail so make sure you back up your files to avoid any data loss disasters or massive computer repairs!
Computer Medic On Call is committed to bringing you the highest quality computer service available for all of your information and systems needs. Serving in Broward and West Palm Beach in Florida State for IT Support. Our experience provides us with the skills to offer a range of high quality computer services.