We are living in a high-tech world. Everything digital is expected to go fast shows results in a blink of an eye. What’s frustrating through is that you’re living in a digital high speed world but your personal computer work like a 60-year old man with a back pain. Some computers just seems so slow that it would take five precious minutes to even keep it going. And you wonder how it has come to that when in fact when you bought them they seem to rock everyone’s world. If it’s brand new you can open web browsers and open web pages in a click. What happens after a few months is you can even have your coffee break and those damn computers can’t even completely open a page or worst get a white page with errors in it. If you’re in a business and you have this slow moving computers you better find a quick solution or else it will cost you a fortune.
There are no quick and easy solutions to slow computers. A sluggish computer can be attributed to many factors and could even signal a bigger problem. It could be a problem with the hardwares, Windows may not be optimized well, programs maybe pulling each other, there could be an ongoing update in the program, or worst it could be an infiltration of viruses, spywares, malwares, or Trojans. Usually when we had tried everything in our power and still fail we call our friendly technician to charge us a few dollars for the repair. Well, you don’t really have to go that far. Some solutions may even really be as simple as you might think.
Check your hardware. You need to see first if your hardware still is compatible with your Windows or with the other programs. Newer programs and Windows uses new and advanced software. If you have a 10-year old computer chances are you need to upgrade every hardware you have or better yet the whole computer to be able to play World of Warcraft or Video Editing programs. If somehow you were able to force your computer to run new programs and software to the old computer tendency are you have a super turtle computer. Very common for slow computers is a low RAM. RAM or Random Access Memory is vital for Windows to operate smoothly and as a general rule of thumb, the more and the higher the better.
These are the two major causes of a slow computer:
Windows settings. Slow computer could be directly connected to windows itself. There could be some settings there that need adjustment. You might need to adjust them to low to make Windows run faster. Or it could be that you have too many programs running in the background. Some programs automatically run when you start Windows and just waiting in the background consuming your computers energy. There might be a program doing an update example your Anti-virus or Windows itself. You can boost computer performance if you close programs in the background and schedule them in the specified time to resume its functions or updates.
Spyware, malware, virus and Trojan. When we get a slow computer we usually think a spyware, malware, virus and Trojan is doing what it’s supposed to do and that is to devastate users. That is somehow true. Slow computer can also be attributed to these Internet threats. All four of them have different functions and different ways of acquisition. The only problem is how to remove them completely. Of course to remove them form possessing your computer is through an anti-virus. Some anti-virus can remove them completely but some can’t. What you need to do is before you get your hands to these anti-viruses make sure to review them and see if they can perform really really well. Don’t pay for something that doesn’t give any results.
Follow this outline if you want to resolve slow computer issue:
1. Check the hardware to make sure that it’s up to snuff. Check the compatibilities of the program and your hardware. Rule of thumb the newer the program is it will require newer type of hardwares. This applies especially to your sound card and video card and other peripherals.
2. Scan for and remove as much malware as possible. Good anti-virus can do this with ease. But it may cost you some amount. But if you want to protect important information in your PC and you don’t have time to reformat everything and start clean then buy yourself a very good anti-virus.
3. Optimize Windows start-up programs. Start-up programs are those the are automatically initiated without when Windows begin. They are usually newly installed programs that work in the background. You need to change their individual settings to prevent them from starting up when Windows begin.
4. Check that Windows is optimized.
5. If necessary, adjust the virtual memory settings. Virtual memory works the same as RAM but uses your hard drives memory. The higher your virtual memory is the more it will eat up space and the lower the space the slower your PC functions.
6. Apply updates. Updates can really help boost your PC because it corrects previous errors and install vital information for the programs to work properly. But be careful some updates may cause an error and will not only slows down your PC, it can even kill it.
Most part of these steps can be done at home or in the office. You don’t have to look for a computer guru to bless you with special magic words to fix your PC. What you need is a little common sense and a lot of research.