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Why Your Computer is Slow

February 18th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

After considerable usage, your computer shows signs of slowing down. This generally makes you wonder why your computer is slow. There are many reasons for your computer slowing down.

1. Overload due to start-up programs: When you add more programs to start up, they consume more time when you start your computer. This is one of the reasons why your computer is slow. You must delete those programs from start-up that you do not require there. This will effectively speed up your computer at start and save lot of your time. Care must be taken not to remove Firewall, Anti-spyware or Anti-virus programs.

2. Temporary internet files: Temporary internet files are one of the major reasons why your computer is slow. These files occupy more space as compared to any other application as the browser caches every page that is visited for fast access later. Removing these files can go a long way in speeding up your computer. Most browsers make it easy to delete these files. Just go to your settings and options and delete. You can also configure your browser to delete them everytime your browser is closed. Regularly deleting temporary internet files and cookies can do wonders for PC speed on the internet.

3. Spyware: There is every possibility that malicious programs and spyware get embedded in your computer. This is one of the reasons why your computer is slow. As these softwares are installed without you knowing about them, you are totally unaware as to the reason for your computer being slow. The various sources that can land with spyware are music downloads, video downloads, malicious emails etc. You must scan for such malicious spyware quite often and remove them so as to speed up performance of your computer and to prevent damage to your computer. You must keep your anti-virus software updated.

4. Development of bad sectors in hard disk: You will realize why your computer is slow if you try to detect and repair disk errors. After heavy usage of hard drive, it develops bad sectors that in turn slow down the performance of hard disk. This can cause delay and stoppage of even minor applications like saving a file. Detecting and repairing disk errors can prevent this and can be done by running Error Checking utility. This can scan the hard drive and locate bad sectors. File system errors can be identified so as to ascertain whether files or folders are misplaced or not. Error checking must be done at least once a week in case you use your computer every day in order to prevent data loss.

5: Badly fragmented hard drive: Another reason why your computer is slow is disk fragmentation. It results in search by the computer of the hard disk for fragmented files so as to patch them up. This can take a considerably long time, thus slowing down your computer. Remedy for this is disk de-fragmentation which increases processing speed of hard disk. All windows has a built in defragmenter under System Tools. Just select this program and run it every so often, bi-monthly is probably the best frequency.

Paul Java

  1. Thrakk
    February 18th, 2013 at 03:11 | #1

    Does having lots of files (mp3s) on your computer slow down the speed of the computer and internet?
    Does having lots of files (mp3s) on your computer slow down the speed of the computer and internet? I still have 15 GB of free space and the total size is 107 GB.

  2. Chyen B
    February 18th, 2013 at 08:13 | #2

    yes you need to convert them to a cd. then it should be faster! hope i helped
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  3. Ron M
    February 18th, 2013 at 08:15 | #3

    No, what is "stored" on the hard drive has nothing to do with the speed of a computer. It could slow down the hard drive "seek" time, but not enough so that you would notice. If you have allot of data on your hard drive, just make sure that you keep it defragged, and that you have indexing turned on. That will help with the seek time.

    Seek time: The amount of time that it takes Windows to locate data.
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  4. Windowphobe
    February 18th, 2013 at 08:17 | #4

    What’s probably happening is that your page file is severely fragmented. (When you max out your memory, the operating system writes some of the data to disk so it doesn’t get lost.)

    First run a disk-cleanup routine. (In XP, for instance, you’d right-click on the drive icon in My Computer, and then select Disk Cleanup from the General tab.) This may reclaim some space.

    A full defragmenting (under the Tools tab) might take several hours. Start it and go to the mall or something.
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  5. Us
    February 18th, 2013 at 08:19 | #5

    The problem with slow computers is that most of the time. It’s all to do with a hidden part of your system which hardly anyone knows about. This part of your system is called the ‘registry’ and is a huge database which stores all the settings and options for your PC.The reason why the registry is responsible for making your computer run slow is because it is actually prone to getting corrupt and damaged. Because Windows is constantly using the database when you’re using your computer, it’s constantly got 100’s of registry files open. This unfortunately means that Windows gets confused, leading it to save the registry files wrong, making them incredibly difficult for your computer to read. Think of them as files which are all jumbled up, making your computer have to spend longer to read them.There’s an easy way to fix this and make it run as fast as it would if it were new. You just need to be able to clean out all the damaged files from the registry, allowing Windows to read all the files it needs, when it needs them.And to do this, you just need to use a tool called a ‘registry cleaner’.I should like to commend Registry Easy to you !http://make-computer-run-smoothly.com
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  6. jizmo
    February 18th, 2013 at 08:21 | #6

    Just having files doesnt slow the system down. But you do need to ensure that you do your HDD maintenance, which includes regular diskcleanups and defrag. Whenever you add or delete lots of files, the HDD gets fragmented and a severely fragmented drive can cause slowdowns. Download CCleaner and get rid of your temporary files and such. After that defragment. You can download and check out the trial version of Diskeeper2010. Its the best defragger out there. Set it to run on auto and go about your work.
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  7. Massachussets J
    February 18th, 2013 at 08:23 | #7

    the hard disk space has nothing to do with your internet speed , check your internet speed using http://www.ip-details.com/internet-speed-test/ before and after freeing your hard disk memory there wont be any change for sure , the only way to increase the speed of the internet tangibly is by signing on to a higher speed
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