Monday, 04 February 2013 04:04

Slow running PC- If I had a nickel for every time a friend, client, or

Slow running PC- If I had a nickel for every time a friend, client, or family member has asked "why is my PC running slowly" I'd have a ton of coin! Now before I shed some light it's important to note that everyone’s computer is a little different, brand, software, operation system, and all different hardware.

However, most slowdowns will fall into one of a few likely issues:

  1. Defective Hardware - is a faulty fan causing your computer to run hotter than normal? Is your hard drive clicking and making twice the rotations for every data call? Has a memory chip gone bad reducing your 4gigs to only 2? Each of those issues will result in your machine running a lot slower or at least making some noise!
  2. Software Updates - do you have a habit of putting off those nagging update notices? Are your antivirus programs old and not updated? Do you have the latest virus programs? If not get it - it's free, take out your old ones first (read my post from last year on Microsoft Security Essentials). Windows service packs come out all the time, get them - they help protect you and fix things that will help your computer run faster!
  3. Old Outdated Computer - Although 1 or 2 present the most on a slow computer you must consider simply buying a new machine every 3-5 years. Do you have a 5 year old machine? Has it been patched to death, upgraded beyond its limits? Maybe it's time!

There you have it - the 3 most likely causes of a slow running computer. Let me know which one your machine fell into and as usual if there is anything we can do to help you with your business, website, email, or even to help to trade in that old outdated computer - we are just a phone call or email away!