What to do when
your PC abruptly slows down
You just got back from lunch and are settling
down into your office chair. You open up your planner to check your
schedule, and then wake your PC from sleep. Time to check emails. But wait,
something’s wrong. You’re...waiting. Your computer is moving as slow as a
brontosaurus and the problem appears to go deeper than internet speed. What
happened? When a PC slowdown strikes, there can be a number of culprits.
Here are a few ideas to alleviate the problem, so you can get back to
business in no time.
The most obvious but often overlooked fix
is to simply restart your PC. Many people get into the habit of leaving
their PC on 24/7 and, instead of turning it off, just leave it in sleep
mode when they’re not using it. However, restarting it is like vacuuming a
carpet or mopping a floor. If you let either of them sit for a while, a lot
of temporary gunk builds up. A simple restart can help clean your computer
up but, unlike with household chores, you won’t get dirty in the process.
Uninstall new stuff
Did you recently install new hardware or
software? If you did, this could be causing your slowdown and, if you don’t
need it, it’s worth uninstalling it. Here’s how:
1. Go to your Control Panel’s Programs and
2. If you think a driver is slowing you down,
open Device Manager and double click the new driver.
3. A dialog box will open. Click the Driver
tab followed by the Roll Back Driver button.
4. If that button is grayed out, it means the
problem isn’t with that driver. If not, you can continue with uninstalling.
Using the Device Manager, you can also
uninstall new hardware.
Free up hard drive space
A lack of hard drive space can slow your
PC down as well. To run your system smoothly, it’s recommended you have 15%
hard drive space free. Having this extra space gives room for temporary
files and swapping.
If you don’t have the space, you may need
to purchase a new hard drive or transfer some of your files and programs
over to an external one.
Search for the bloated program that’s eating your memory
Another potential problem could be a
dysfunctional program that is using up too much of your PC’s memory. To see
if this is the source of your problem, go to Windows Task Manager and click
the Processes tab. Then look in the CPU or memory column. Either of these
will show you if there’s one program that’s eating all your memory.
To solve this problem, click on the
program in Windows Task Manager; and then hit End Process. Keep in mind
that this is only a temporary fix.
You’ll have to uninstall this program and
replace it with something that will run more efficiently.
Scan for viruses
Both viruses and malware can also slow
down your computer. To check if you’ve been infected, run a system scan. If
you do have malicious software on your PC, and your antivirus software hasn’t
effectively detected or removed it, contact a local IT Services Provider
who will be able to clean your computer and free it of potentially harmful
malware. They can also advise you to a reputable solution to avoid future
Want more tips on how to resolve PC
slowness and other computer issues? Worried you may have been infected by a
virus? Get in touch with us today for help and advice.
In today’s technology-driven world, everyone uses email
as the central hub for their personal internet activities, whether it’s
communication, forum registration or newsletter signups. Email is one of
the most useful tools the internet has made possible. But as emails become
more prevalent, the importance of email security becomes more significant
than ever. Applying these email management tips will protect your email
account from hackers and viruses.
Use separate email accounts
Most people use a single email account for all their
personal needs. As a result, information from websites, newsletters,
shopping deals, and messages from work get sent to this one inbox. But what
happens when someone breaks into it? There’s a good chance they would be
able to gain access to everything else.
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Times are good. You kick back in your leather chair and break out that
Cuban cigar you’ve been saving for just such an occasion.
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