Computer systems are different from other consumer goods because they operate in a continually changing environment. No matter how powerful the computer do you buy is, it will eventually begin to run slower than when you first purchased it. In contrast, your 4K TV will always show 4K video as long as it operates. A computer will need to be upgraded or replaced eventually to keep pace with the operating speeds newer programs require. But if your computer is running slowly, 911 Computer can help you alleviate the situation. Here are five simple things that may be slowing down your computer that you can fix.
Running Too Many Programs
The leading cause of computer slow down in healthy systems is too many active programs running. The CPU and RAM capabilities of your computer are finite, and it takes a certain amount of resources to run each program on your computer. If you have too many programs running at once, your computer’s performance will begin to suffer. Besides the active programs in your menu bar, check for background processes, such as the programs you see in the system tray icon. These programs may be running services that aren’t necessary and should be turned off. Another thing to consider is the programs that begin running when your computer starts up. In addition to being behind-the-scenes programs that hog resources, they also slow down your computer’s boot sequence. You can often find settings to disable these programs from initializing at startup. You should also check your computer for bloatware; this is software that manufacturers have bundled with your computer as part of an agreement with a software distributor. If you don’t need these programs, you can uninstall them to save resources.
Not Rebooting Your Computer
Because computers have become such a vital part of our daily lives, people rarely turn them off. We often leave them in standby mode or sleep mode to conserve power when we aren’t using them. This can affect your computer’s performance over time. There’s a reason why tech support often recommends rebooting before troubleshooting any issue. These same factors can contribute to computer slow down if you don’t restart your computer periodically. Rebooting your computer flushes out the RAM, which can fix issues that occur when your computer isn’t managing your resources as efficiently as possible. Flushing the RAM lets your computer start with a blank slate which helps it run more efficiently. Similarly, rebooting can address memory leak issues that can occur when a program glitch allows an application to continue using parts of the RAM, even after it’s closed. Finally, most operating systems update a computer after a reboot. So if you haven’t rebooted your computer in a while, it may be missing critical updates and security patches.
Remove Viruses, Malware, Spyware, Adware, etc.
One of the perils of our internet society is the constant attack from malware and viruses. Hackers and malicious actors can insert these items into emails, documents, videos, and advertisements. The amount damaged these programs can cause varies, but they always slow down the computer while they’re operating. No machine is completely safe from malware and virus attacks. Though some operating systems are more likely to be targeted than others, that shouldn’t lull anyone into a false sense of security. 911 Computer can perform scans to detect malicious programs and remove them entirely from your system.
Too Many Browser Extensions
One of the most popular computer programs is also one of the biggest hogs or resources. It takes a lot of CPU and RAM power to operate web-based systems, like your browser. Your web browser can quickly eat up much of your computer’s resources if you aren’t paying attention. People often exacerbate the problem by adding browser extensions, which require more resources to use. Some browser extensions can be beneficial, but if your computer is running slowly when the browser is open, you should remove the extensions that are unnecessary or that you can move to live without.
Too many browser tabs are open
If you’re one of the people who loves to browse the internet with many tabs open at once, stop it. Having too many tabs open at once during a browsing experience is one of the most common causes for computer slow down in otherwise nominal systems. Even though it’s a tab in the same browser, every new tab you open requires more RAM and resources from the computer. It’s even worse if you are using some of those tabs for pages that constantly refresh, such as live streams and videos. To get past your multi-tab lifestyle, try creating a bookmarks folder for links you want to revisit in the near future. Google Chrome and other browsers also have a one-tab mode, which tracks tab differently, so they use fewer resources.
Many other things could be slowing down your computer, but these five items are simple enough that most computer users can handle them on their own. If you would like any help with more advanced computer speed solutions, 911 Computer can help. Our team will come to your home or business and work on your computer on site. Send us a message online if you have any questions about this or any other computer repair issue.