Dealing with a pc that is slow can be so annoying at times as it will slow down your work making you to spend unnecessary time.
But before we show you how you can make your pc to run faster, we will first show you the possible cause why your pc is running slow because if you can know the cause, it will help you to prevent it future occurrence.
Reasons why your computer is running slow
There could be several reasons why a computer is running slow. Some could be the usage, while other related problem would be software issues and hardware components of the computer.
Now let move straight to the solution.
How to speed up a slow running computer/laptop
This simple guide will show you how to fix a slow pc with steps that can be done in minutes and instantly deliver lasting results.
On this article we’ll be focus on windows, but there are other ways of speeding up a mac.
- A Reboot:
When your pc start running slow, it could be a clear sign that you need to restart you system, especially if it’s been used for a longer time without restart it.
Before you reboot your pc, first close all your programs and files then restart it. And also make sure you restart your computer any time you install or upgrade a software on your computer.
- Close System Tray Programs
Some applications tend to run in the notification area unknown to you and these applications often launch at startup and stayed running in the background.
On your desktop, click the up arrow icon near the system tray, right click any applications that you don’t need running in the background and close them. This will free up system resources.
- Software Updates:
Updating your system software is important as it keep your installed applications running smoothly and secure but on the other hand, some of these programs come with pre-installed automatic updates that is running in your background taking up the space on the hard drive.
Click on the start up menu on your computer, click on settings, navigate to updates & security and click on windows update.
- Update Hardware:
Most times some system hardware tend to slow down the speed of your computer. And the two main hardware related to the speed of a computer are your storage drive and your memory. So adding more memory or upgrading your storage space could go a long way to speed up your system performance.
- Many Active Programs Or Browser Tabs:
The number of programs or tabs on your browser you are running at a time will affect the speed of your computer because every open tab and every open program takes up a certain amount of space on your RAM which tend to reduce the speed of your computer if too much.
Only have those programs you are using at a moment running and only open the tabs you need to use at the moment on your browser.
- Get Rid Of Temp Files:
As you are making use of your computer, running programs, there is that tendency that temporary files are been stored on the hard drive. Deleting these temp files would help improve the performance of your computer.
There are basically two ways you can delete temp files on your computer.
Step 1: open the start menu or press the windows key, then type temp in the search field. Press enter and the temp folder will open. You can delete all the files found in the folder.
Step 2: go to my computer, right-click on drive c, click on properties. The drive properties will open, click on disk clean-up. And all the temp files will come up. You can delete all of them.
- Scan For Viruses:
When once your computer is infected with one or more viruses, it will run more slowly.
Run system scan using the antivirus installed in your system. But if you don’t have any antivirus program installed, you make use of your window defender.
But we strongly recommend you install an antivirus program for active protection against viruses.
- System clean-up:
If you happened to open up your pc, you won’t believe the amount of dust that usually get sucked into it through the cooling fan.
Dust can blog airflow, making the system temperature down and when it overheats, the system performance will become slow.
Use a vacuum on a very low setting to blow out the dust from the processor fan.
Note: Be sure that the PC is been turn off for at least an hour and the battery is removed.
- Uninstall Unused Programs:
Some newly purchase PC comes with a lot of programs pre-install on it. Most of them you will never use and some of them can often run in the background unknowingly to you, this in turn slow down the system performance.
You can easily uninstall these programs and keep your system running free.
To do this click on start then go to control panel then click programs and features and scroll down the list of programs install on the system. Uninstall the ones you never make use of.
- Scan For Malware And Adware:
Malwares are software that interferes with your web browser to track it and add additional advertisements causing the slowing of your pc.
To be on a safe side, scan your computer with an antivirus program. You can also scan it with malwarebytes, this will catch a lot of “potentially unwanted programs” that some antivirus will ignore.
- Old or outdated PC:
In some cases, your system may be too old and you have used it for so many years. Then running slow is more of a natural thing rather than a problem.
In this case, you only have these options of either purchase a new computer, update your computer’s hardware or better still accept working with a slow computer.
Following the simple guidelines listed above, I believed you have been able to solve the problem of your system been slow.
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