How to fix a slow computer
How to fix a slow computer? When you are trying to get some work done or blow a few times surfing the web, a slow-moving computer can throw a wrench in your plan.
When you throw your computer going out of the window in a fit of angry then try these tips. There are plenty of easy, quick and free methods to make your computer run faster.
How to fix a slow computer?
How to fix my slow computer?
Restart your computer/check start-up programs
Although this advice is irritating, there is a lot of truth to it. It could be that your computer not working properly and it needs to restart. Shut down your computer and restart it. About 99% of the time, this will solve your problem.
If your computer is still running slow, it’s time to look at which programs start automatically when you log into your computer. It is very common to automatically open antivirus programs and messaging applications such as Skype. Essentially, when you are trying to open your web browser or program for work, your computer is too busy to open the other five programs.
Here’s how to check your start-up programs on Windows 10:
- Go to the main menu and type “run.”
- Select the “Run” app.
- In the window that pops up, type “MSConfig” and hit “open.”
In the next window that pops up, you will be able to see easily that what programs start automatically, and disable them.
Here’s how to do it on Mac:
- Open System Preferences
- Click to “Users & Groups”
- Choose your nickname on the left
- Choose the “Login” tab
- Click the startup programs you want to remove
- Press the “–” sign
This is a good opportunity to reinstall Windows. All versions of Windows get regular updates unless they are disabled, so periodically updating or reinstalling will keep your computer running smoothly.
Scan regularly for viruses
You may have downloaded something you didn’t want to download. Maybe you went to a shady website. You may have clicked something with malicious intent. If anything happens, you have a good chance of getting the virus.
Fortunately, most of the time, getting out of the virus is quick and free. Download an anti-virus and scan your operating system.
Malwarebytes scan your computer thoroughly and confirm everything malicious.
To be completely friendly, you should run a weekly virus scan easily. Most of the time, there are viruses running in the background of your computer. They steal personal information like passwords and send them to hackers. Weekly virus scans can easily solve this problem.
Check to see how many applications are running
Your computer can run all kinds of programs, but it can be difficult to run multiple programs at once, especially if you have an older model.
If you have a Mac, go to Force Quit (under the Apple menu in the top left corner) and you’ll see every program you open. If you are running Windows 10, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and open the task manager to see everything open.
If your computer runs on Steam, Photoshop, Google Chrome, Microsoft Word, Indigene, Microsoft Excel, and VLC, you should probably close some of them.
Check your computer’s memory/storage
Check your computer storage. If you are full or almost full, it will run your computer a little slower. If you can’t or don’t want to delete something, find a cloud service to store your files. You can also use Google Drive! If you really want to, you can buy an external hard drive, but why not when there are free options!
There is some misconception with this tip.
If you have a bunch of small photos from your trip to your English 105 class to Cancun or Word documents, they won’t slow down your computer.
Your computer may have at least 100 gigabytes of storage, so deleting a 20-kilobyte file makes no difference.
However, if you have very large game files, HD video files, and a ton of useless programs, you might consider skipping some of them. Don’t worry about temporary files; Don’t worry about big files and your drive space.
Run disk defragment and disk repair
Disk defragment and disk repair can make your computer running properly and make it run faster.
To run a disk defragment program on Windows 10, follow these steps that shown below:
- Go to “This PC.”
- From there, right-click your hard drive and click “Properties.”
- Go to “Tools.”
- Double click the “Optimize,” button.
Mac doesn’t have a built-in tool for defragmenting, but a third-party app like this one can help you!
Disk clean-up is really easy to do on Windows 10:
- Type “Disk Cleanup” in your search bar, and click the app with the corresponding name.
- Click the option to clean up system files.
- Once the scan is done, delete the files the app suggests you delete.