Working on a sluggish computer can be very frustrating. Each time you open a program, you will have to give it a couple of minutes to load. What users do not understand is that sometimes they are the reason for this behavior. Below are some of the reasons your computer may be slow.
It Has been On for Long
In today’s age, many software does not require you to reboot your computer before you can use them. However, you should not keep your laptop on all the time. A computer that has been on for long gets exhausted the same way you do at the end of a hard day’s job. Shutting down or rebooting your PC from time to time frees up its cache and RAM hence improving its performance. It also helps lower its temperature for optimal performance.
Full Hard Drive
The amount of storage on your computer determines how fast it runs. Although technology has made it possible to own lots of storage, software is also getting large. If you have limited space, your programs will not have enough memory to run from and thus the computer become sluggish. Furthermore, many operating systems depend on virtual memory that is reserved from your hard drive for optimal performance. With a full hard drive, this memory will be limited or unavailable.
There are many different kinds of malware and virus on the internet. Unfortunately, many computer owners still operate without an antivirus software. This creates an avenue for all sorts of malware to attack your computer. These viruses cause slow speeds in a number of ways. Some start background processes that consume a lot of memory while others hijack important system processes rendering your computer slow.
There are two ways your connected hardware can make your computer slow, through a hardware conflict or outdated drivers. A hardware conflict is an instances when two or more devices are going for the same resource. These conflicts normally affect resources such as memory addresses, and when it happens, all the devices trying to use the resource will be blocked leading to a slow PC. Hardware manufacturers keep on updating drivers for their hardware, and if your computer is connected to the internet, it is easy to install these updates. If you do not update the drivers, you will miss on important fixes that are meant to make the hardware perform even better.
Computers have fans to keep the temperatures within range. When the fan is not working optimally, your computer will certainly overheat. Overheating slows down some processes resulting in reduced performance. Furthermore, your PC will try and compensate for the heat by lowering the CPU speed so that it does not radiate a lot of heat. This in turn translates to a slow computer.
A computer that has been working quite well can get slow due to a number of reasons. However, if you keep rebooting it once in a while ensuring that its temperature remains within acceptable levels then you can eliminate this slowness.