5 Things That Could Be Slowing Your Computer Down

Starting with the latter part of the previous century, technology has slowly become an integral part of life, completely changing the way we work and interact with each other.

We rely on computers, smartphones and internet connections to do business, monitor and keep records of our daily activities or to do the shopping. For that reason, it’s not ideal when the laptop crashes in the middle of a transaction or the network connection is so poor we can barely use a browser.

To avoid these frustrating moments, here are the five most common issues that can affect your device’s performance as well as how to easily fix them.

1.Unused programs

Just like forgotten and unworn clothes taking up space in a wardrobe, it’s likely that there are programs and applications installed on our computers that we simply do not use. Even though we never touch them, they remain on the disk and can dramatically reduce performance speeds.

A lot of unnecessary software comes with new computers, and more still is added over time that later becomes redundant. These programs not only take up hardware space, but they can also run in background processes without you even realizing.

To identify and uninstall these programs, go to Control Panel on a Windows computer, open the Programs and Features tab and read through the long list of items. Uninstall anything that is not marked by your computer’s brand or you don’t need.

2.Start-ups

When the system loads up the required programs and you first see your home desktop, some background processes are booted simultaneously. These continue to run as you use the computer, sharply depleting the memory.

To disable the programs you might not need immediately on start-up, press Ctrl+Alt+Del at the same time. On the screen that follows, open Task Manager and click on the ‘Start-up’ tab. Have a look at the Start-up impact and disable the processes unneeded in the early stages.

3.Insufficient RAM

RAM (Random Access Memory) is the place where the operating system is stored, together with the programs used in real time. The more tasks you give the computer and the more processes you need, the more RAM is used. When it uses up all its RAM, the computer stops working properly.

It’s easy to add as much RAM as you want with extra memory cards, providing you have enough slots

4.Dust

Believe it or not, dust is as dangerous to your computer as a virus. It prevents the airflow reaching the cooler that keeps the computer’s temperature down, resulting in overheating and  slowed down processes and performance. Moreover, extreme overheating is signaled by a loud beeping noise impossible to withstand.

To rid your computer of dust, remove its case, unplug all the cables and wait for at least 30 minutes before wiping the dust away with a damp cloth.

5.Hard drive

Perhaps this solution comes as a last resort for many due to its high costs, but updating your hard drive to a solid-state drive (SSD) usually solves all the problems.

The solid-state drive stores data on microchips, which are fixed parts. Compared with the spinning disk and the movable read/write head of a traditional hard drive, an SSD is a lot faster and more reliable. If you can afford one, don’t hesitate – it’s worth it.

If you believe there is something more sinister at work that could be slowing your business’s computers down, you may need the assistance of an expert team of IT support specialists such as Syntax IT Support London.

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