Slow Computer Issues

My computer is running slow - how can I fix it?

Over time, computers and laptops naturally start to slow down and it can be down to a number of possibilities:

1). Not enough hard disk space
Check that there is at least 500-900MB of free hard disk drive space. This available space allows the computer to have room for the swap file to increase in size as well as room for temporary files and for general operational issues that you won't notice.

2). Virus or Spyware infection
Spyware and other malware is a big cause of many computer problems including a slow computer. Even if an antivirus scanner is installed on the computer we recommend running a malware scan on the computer. If you've got an antivirus scanner on the computer, spyware protection program, or other security utility make sure it's not scanning your computer in the background. Often when these programs begin to scan the computer it can decrease the overall performance of your computer.

3). Data Corruption
Run ScanDisk or something equivalent to verify there is nothing physically wrong with the computer hard disk drive. Run Defrag to help ensure that data is arranged in the best possible order.

4). Missing Windows updates or outdated drivers
Make sure you have all the latest Windows updates installed in the computer. If you are on the Internet when your computer is slow also make sure all browser plugins are up-to-date.

5). Computer is overheating
Make sure your computer and processor is not overheating, excessive heat can cause a significant decrease in computer performance some processors will even lower the speed of the processor automatically to help compensate for the heat related issues. Dust, dirt and even hair can also block a proper air flow on your computer, which can also cause a computer to overheat. Make sure your computer case is clean and fans are not obstructed you the area immediately around the computer is vacuumed regularly.

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