Causes for Slow Computers

slow computersWe live in a world where the Internet is key to doing almost everything. If you’re under the age of 20, you probably don’t ever remember a world without internet access. For the rest of us, we watched the old hand-written ledger system slowly morph into the data processor, and finally the Windows system we all know and depend on today. Let’s face it—some of us older adults still haven’t figured out what Wifi means! If you have come to depend on your computer for everyday living, then you have no doubt discovered the frustration of slow computers. So, what do you do about a slow computer? Read on…..

Computers seem to get faster and faster all the time, and yet when they start running slow, we become crazed and impatient. Computers are bound to start running slower the older they get. Many of them just aren’t built to last more than 4 or 5 years, and this is how computer companies keep you coming back and buying new products. Let’s look at a few common causes of slow computers.

Startup Programs You Don’t Need

All computers have programs that open each time you turn it on. Not all programs are necessary at startup and having too many of them can definitely bog down your computer’s speed. Keep in mind that programs that start up when you turn your computer on will continuously run and that takes speed away from other programs you may need a lot more. It is quite easy to customize which programs you want to start when you boot your computer up. Look through the list and make sure you don’t start up programs you don’t use often, as this can definitely cause slow computers!

System Errors

System errors can happen without you even knowing about it. Many times, the computer has internal tools built in that will attempt to fix these errors automatically. You should run the tool that Is called Check Disk and perform a drive maintenance often so that system errors don’t become a problem.

Junk Files

Nothing can slow a computer’s speed down faster than junk files. Unnecessary files take up space and slow things down. They take up valuable space on your hard drive and serve no purpose if you no longer need them. If you want to keep the files, consider moving them to an external hard drive or a flash drive. Go through all your folders from time to time and clear out what you don’t need, just as you would in a file cabinet. Once you clear out files, you will allow the files and programs you do need to open up and run much more quickly.

Malware Problems

Computers can be infected with viruses that can cause all kinds of problems. You may have heard terms like malware, Trojans, worms, or spyware. This can wreak havoc in more ways than one, and certainly can cause really slow computers. To combat this, you should have high-quality anti-virus software installed at all times. This software constantly scans and can stop viruses before they can infect your computer.

For more information on slow computers and how to fix them, call PCRx today!

PCRx Computers
408 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526

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