Why Your Computer is Slow

2010 October 16
by J Storlie

One thing I hear a lot from people, is that their computer was fast when they bought it, but now it’s slow. Maybe they upgraded to a million megabyte hard drive, so it would never slow down. But hard drive space isn’t the only thing that can slow down your computer. If your computer is running slowly, there might be more than just disk space issues to be resolved.

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Issues With Viruses, Spyware, Trojan Horses Or Malware

Whenever your computer is suffering from a virus, spyware or malware issue, it will become difficult to use because these things flood your computer to the point that it becomes overloaded and eventually you will not be able to do even the simplest task, like opening a web browser. If your computer has any of these things, you will need to make sure you run through a few different virus scanning programs and run a registry cleaner afterward. We can do this in the shop, or you can do it at home. You should probably turn off system restore before you begin and clear out your Javascript cache, too. Many of these programs are designed to re-install themselves.

Not Enough Memory

Your computer uses something that is known as Random Access Memory or RAM for short. The more RAM your computer has, the more programs you can run and processes you can do at one time. (For this reason, RAM is oftentimes referred to as your computer’s memory.) However, if you don’t have enough RAM, it will become bogged down and unable to do much. The only ways in which to correct this problem is to upgrade your RAM or stop running and doing so many things at the same time. If you have to have a lot of things open or need to do a lot of things at once, then you have no choice but to upgrade your computer’s memory. We carry and install RAM upgrades, it’s a quick procedure.

Too many things to do at once

So what if you have the maximim amount of RAM your computer can accommodate and it’s still running slowly? Check the “automatic update” settings on some of your programs. You’d be surprised which programs are set up “stay awake” waiting for updates as long as your ocmputer is on. One easy way to check, on Windows XP, is to expand the menu of active programs in the bottom corner of your screen (where the clock is) right-click or click on each icon to see what it is. Your antivirus and firewall should be running constantly, but other things don’t need to be. Change the settings on these other programs, so that they don’t automatically start every time you power up.

Registry Errors

A lot of slow computers are plagued with registry errors. These will oftentimes go undetected because they are so hard to pinpoint. Essentially though, these errors occur whenever your registry files become corrupt over the course of time. Adding, updating and removing software usually cause this. Whenever you have a lot of corrupt or unused registry entries your computer will become bogged down because it is still attempting to run these commands, which takes up a lot of your processing speed. If you need to fix a registry error on your computer, you will need to get a registry repair software program. This program scans your entire computer looking for any errors and unused registry files. It will then delete these things so as to be able to clean up your registry. Once this is done, your computer will begin running faster.

If there’s anything on this list that you need help with, let us know. We’d be happy to help.

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