8 Reasons Why Your Computer is Slow

8 Reasons Why Your Computer is Slow

When your computer runs slow, it can be frustrating. With everything that today’s modern computers can do, they can still be temperamental devices that require some maintenance from time to time. If your computer is running slower than usual and you cannot figure out why, perhaps one of the reasons in our checklist is the culprit.

These Are The Most Common Reasons Your Computer Is Slowing Down:

1. You Have Too Many Startup Programs

   Any time you download a new program, you should always check to make sure it won’t run at startup unless you actually want it to. If your computer has too many programs running at startup, it might take longer than usual to boot up and be ready to use. 

2. Your Hard Drive Is Failing

   A hard drive nearing the end of its lifespan is a common issue that can cause your computer to run slowly. If your hard drive is the reason for slow performance, perhaps you should upgrade to a solid-state drive instead.

3. Your Hard Drive Is 95% Full 

   When your hard drive gets to 95 percent full, your computer can slow down by up to 50 percent. This is because there is no space to save the temporary files required for operating programs, so it’s as if the OS doesn’t know how to run properly anymore.

4. Your Browser Has Too Many Add-Ons

   Too many add-ons can make your computer run slowly. Factors such as ad-blockers, unit converters, search protectors, and more might actually be browser adware that can slow your computer down.

5. You're Running Too Many Programs At Once

   Trying to do too much at one time can cause your computer to slow down and make completing your tasks frustrating and difficult. If your computer is running slower than usual, try closing some tabs and run less programs.

6. Too Many Browser Tabs Are Open

   If you have dozens of tabs open because you don’t want to lose a link, try saving that link instead and close the tab. Every tab you leave open is competing for its share of RAM and too many tabs with too little RAM will cause poor performance.

7. Rogue Programs Are Hogging All The Processing Powers

   Some commonly used programs or system processes may be stuck in a loop or they might have encountered an error causing your computer to use its processing power to run them. 

8. You Have A Virus 

   Viruses, spyware and other malware can slow down your computer as they do everything from hijacking your browser, to pushing advertising or phishing sites, even crashing your computer.

Geoffrey Nevine — IT Services and IT Consulting

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