We’ve all been there, you’re trying to finish your PowerPoint presentation but your computer seems to be against you every step of the way. Between the constant loading wheels, frozen applications, and the constant noise of the overtaxed fan in your computer, you’re developing quite the headache. Your computer is only two or three years old, it should be running just fine. But as we all know, that is not always the case. Many things can cause a slow system and often it is caused by simple, common problems. So today, I am going to break down the top 5 things that are slowing down your PC.
1. Background Processes
Often times computers can be slowed down by simply having too many things running at the same time, especially in the background. Having too many things running at the same time can significantly tax CPU and RAM usage both of which are critical to your system’s performance. You can check if your computer has too many things running by pressing CTRL + ALT + DELETE and selecting ‘Task Manager’.
This will show you a list of all running ‘Processes’. In this list, you can see first hand how each thing that is running adds stress to the CPU, Memory (RAM), and even Disk. The good news is this is usually easily fixed simply by selecting any offending applications and clicking the ‘End Task’ button.
2. Foreground Processes
So obviously, too many background processes are no good. Believe it or not, the same goes for foreground processes. Although easier to spot, many people still make the simple mistake of having too many apps running in the foreground. When I say in the foreground I simply mean the apps that you can see are open, that is, the ones you purposely opened yourself.
This seems pretty obvious but many people simply overestimate the amount that their computer can handle. So, if you find yourself playing GTA V while at the same time having 15 internet tabs open maybe consider cutting back a bit and your performance will surely improve.
3. Malware (Viruses)
If you are an average PC user and download things from the internet, chances are, your computer is at risk. If you are an average PC user and download things from the internet, but also don’t know how to routinely scan your computer for malware, your computer probably has a virus. I say this coming from a background in malware removal. Trust me, 99% of clients I service that don’t run regular scans or maintenance, have viruses. Notice I say viruses not virus. That’s because they have this nasty habit of multiplying. Once infected, a computer is quickly disarmed and the environment for viruses becomes prime. Often by the time I perform maintenance on a computer, it is already riddled with hundreds, if not thousands of viruses and unwanted programs. Most of these malicious programs add stress to your computer’s system resources such as CPU and RAM, which in turn slows down your computer, sometimes to the point of being unusable. As with most things, prevention is the best medicine. The #1 way that people get malware on their computers is by downloading things from websites that are not widely trusted. By avoiding any risky downloads you significantly reduce your computer’s risk. Even when being cautious though it can still be easy to slip up and download malware. This is why it is important and highly recommended to run weekly scans with anti-malware software such as Windows Defender or Malwarebytes.
Even when following the recommended practices, sometimes seeing an expert is necessary. That is why we at Hart Tech Supportare offering in-person and remote malware removal services. Check us out to get your machine cleared of malware and returned to top performance!
4. Old Age
Sometimes a simple issue is not always a good one, and that is definitely true when it comes to computers. Although many issues are easily addressed by making adjustments on your computer, sometimes there’s just not much you can do. The average lifespan of a laptop is 3-5 years and for desktops, it is 5-8 years.
If your computer is old and running slow, it may simply be time for a new one. Troubleshooting and even professional service may help, but if your computer is old, no matter what you do, it will struggle to keep up with the ever-increasing demand on system resources that is called for by ever-evolving software. Sometimes, it’s just time to upgrade.
5. Faulty Hardware
Aside from software issues, malware, and old age, there is one other thing that can cause performance issues. If your hardware (that is your physical device and components) is faulty or becomes damaged it can cause significant performance issues. Unless your computer is older or has been damaged, this is probably the least likely problem. However, if it is the problem, unfortunately, a technician will probably be needed. The good news is as technology advances, computers continue to become more resistant to hardware damage and wear.