“My computer is so slow.” This has to be the biggest complaint about computers or handheld devices like smart phones. Some devices can last years before they can no longer keep up with the pace. Other devices sprint to the finish line and only last a couple weeks or months before they’re barely crawling. Workload for every device varies so much it makes it hard to pinpoint an exact cause of the problem. We just seem to remember the moment our device first turned on and everything seemed fast. Here are four common reasons your computer could be slowing down.

  • Corruption which is basically bugs (error/flaw) in software or a hard drive: This can be caused by a lot of things such as bad RAM data, static electricity, failing hardware, or even the operating system breaking down.
  • RAM, or random access memory: This commonly overlooked computer spec deserves more respect. Not having enough RAM can really hinder your computer. If your computer does not have enough RAM the machine has to work harder to compensate for the lack of RAM. Thus, taking away resources from their normal job.
  • Running out of storage: Files, programs, and even operating system updates start to fill up hard drives. While the solution to this problem is straight forward, avoid filling up the hard drive to keep computer speeds relatively fast. Updates are crucial for the overall performance of your machine.
  • Malware and Viruses: These are the leading cause of computers slowing down. These scumbag computer programs are destructive to computers and smartphones. They can affect performance on your computer slowing it down to a crawl.

Thankfully there are actions we can take to combat a computer or handheld device’s slow performance. Update your computer regularly, those updates can be correcting software bugs and assist with computer performance.  In most models of computers or laptops RAM can be upgraded. There are many forms of alternative storage for a hard drive. Flash or thumb drives, external hard drives, or the cloud for example can free up some space on a hard drive. It is also beneficial to remove old programs that you are not using anymore.  Be cautious with your email too and watch out for suspicious emails and web links.  There are also a variety of anti-virus/anti-malware software options along with safe computer practices to protect yourself from viruses and malware. WebGuardian for example is a solid choice for anti-virus. This anti-virus, available through ReadiTech, is a cloud-based anti-virus that uses minimal resources on your machine all while protecting it from infections.  Remember if you have any questions about your computer call ReadiTech we are here to help you.

Jacob Parker – Network Analyst

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