We have received many calls and emails about someone’s computer being slow. And a majority of the user doesn’t understand what’s going on to make their computer slow. There’s a multitude number of reasons a computer could be reacting slowly. Here’s a brief list of the most common reasons for a slow computer.
1. There are too many things running on your computer
Running multiple programs, such as Spotify, Skype and AutoCAD, at the same time can cause your computer to run slow. Your computer has a limit to how much it can run at a time at an efficient manner.
2. Not enough RAM
Is your computer slow even though you only have one program running on it? It’s very possible that your computer doesn’t have enough RAM to run the sort of programs you use.
3. Possible virus
There are numerous numbers of viruses out there and many of them are capable of corrupting your system and causing it to be really slow. If you suspect your system has a virus, it’ll be very important to do a virus scan and have them removed.
4. Hard drive is close to being full
Do you have a lot of files and/or programs saved on your device? That can very well be slowing down your device. Once hard drives reaches 90% capacity, your device starts to run much slower because you don’t have enough space available for temporary files to store onto your computer for when you are working.
5. Failing hard drive
A hard drive is the self-contained device in your computer using multiple moving parts to store data, running a read-write mechanism that “reads” what it is that you are attempting to do and “write” it out on your screen. Because of the moving parts, it is more susceptible to failing at some point for one reason or another, depending on the kind of work done on, around and with it. With the failing hard drive, it is possible for it to slow down, if not just shut down, your computer because it is not able to read anything that it is told to, resulting it in crashing.
6. Updates need to be performed
It’s possible the device is behind on updates. Updates are what help give a device the knowledge on how to process the new and up-to-date software, so it is very important to keep your device up-to-date with any and all new updates.
7. Need to restart your computer
Restarting a computer is in correlation to updating it. Majority of updates require the user to restart the computer to initiate the updates. So whenever you update, be sure to restart your computer afterwards.
Restarting also helps to end any running activities that might be stuck on your computer even after closing/ending the program.