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10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Jacktheripper: 2:19pm On Jun 13, 2018
1.CHECK FOR MALWARE :DOWNLOAD ADDITIONAL MALWARE-DETECTING PROGRAMS SUCH AS MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE . Make sure that spyware, malware (malicious software), or a virus hasn't infected your computer. The symptoms are slow processing, a new home page on your web browser that you didn't actively choose, messages that you are infected from a program other than your anti-virus program, or unsolicited offers for extra software when you're not using a web browser, according to Michael Schwehr, founder of JumpStart Computing in Alexandria, Virginia. Scan your computer with your the anti-virus program you already have (Windows 10 comes with it's own anti-virus program incorporated into Windows Defender), or download additional malware-detecting programs such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or McAfee Security Scan Plus. Watch out for these signs you're about to be hacked.

2.CLOSE UNUSED PROGRAMS:DON'T RUN TOO MANY PROGRAMS AT ONCE .If you run too many programs at once—for example having a web browser, an Excel spreadsheet and iTunes open at the same time—you'll overload the computer and slow its processing speed significantly, according to Michael Pang, founder of Santa Monica Tech Support in California. Close the unused programs and then reboot the computer.

3.CLOSE UNUSED TABS:IT'S ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO REBOOT THE COMPUTER AFTER CLOSING UNUSED TABS .Yes, tabs are handy ways to keep track of different websites, email conversations, and spreadsheets, but keeping too many open simultaneously slows your computer, as each one sucks up processing power. If you're worried you won't be able to find certain sites again, just bookmark them, Pang suggests. It's also a good idea to reboot the computer after closing unused tabs. Here are keyboard shortcuts every Mac user should know.

4.REBOOT REGULARLY:WHEN YOU DON'T RESTART A COMPUTER REGULARLY , IT CAN START BEHAVING STRANGELY. It's tempting to put your computer to sleep at night instead of shutting down. Who wants to wait for it to reboot every morning? Problem is, when you don't restart a computer regularly, it can start behaving strangely—like suddenly you can cut but not paste text, or your tool bar goes missing, said Schwehr. "If you must leave your computer for more than a few hours, and especially overnight, consider closing your programs and turning it off," he says. "That preserves the life of the computer and allows the operating system and programs to load with a fresh copy of the Windows Registry, which is especially important after uninstalling or installing programs or receiving updates of any kind." If you have the bandwidth, check out these funny computer-themed jokes.

5.GET A MEMORY UPGRADE:MORE MEMORY IS ALSO HELPFUL FOR PEOPLE THAT KEEP MULTIPLE WINDOWS OPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY . Computers that run Windows Vista, 8, 8.1, or 10, need a 4GB minimum to operate smoothly. It's even better to have 8GB or up to 16GB if you edit video and photos in high-end programs. More memory is also helpful for people that keep multiple windows open simultaneously. "You can determine how much memory is installed by right-clicking on 'My Computer' or 'This PC' from File Explorer, and choosing 'Properties' from the menu that pops up," Schwehr says. Mac users need only click the Apple icon in the top left of the screen and then click on "About This Mac."

6.DELETE OVERSIZED FILES:YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM NEEDS AT LEAST 10 PERCENT FREE SPACE TO OPERATE NORMALLY .Photos, videos and other extra large files hog space on your computer and make it run slowly. Sometimes your drive reads "almost full" due to just one to two jumbo files. Apple offers step-by-step instructions to identify large files. Dummies.com offers a similar tutorial for PCs. Move the large files to an external drive or delete them if you don't need them. Pang prefers to keep his computer drive 50 percent empty. But don't be surprised if this isn't the cause of your problem. "This is not a problem that plagues too many people," Schwehr says. Most computer users actually use less than a third of their total hard drive space, but if you consume more than 90 percent of your hard drive, then you will see a drop in performance." As a rule, he adds, your operating system needs at least 10 percent free space to operate normally. The operating system that writes temporary files actually uses that "unused" 10 percent, so if all the space gets used, the computer will crash. This is especially important if you collect a lot of music, photos, and movies. These are the photos to never post on social media.

7 GET RID OF BROWSER ADD-ONS: . UNINSTALLANY PROGRAMS WITH THE WORD "TOOLBAR " IN THEM . "Since much of what people do involves working through webpages, anything that slows down your web browsing program will influence the speed of your overall performance," say Schwehr. "Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari are all popular web browsing programs that can have additional toolbars installed, and if you have other programs added to your web browser and they have issues, they can even prevent your web browser from opening." Don't feel silly if you find toolbars you didn't know you had, he adds. That frequently happens when programs are downloaded and installed in "customized" rather than "default" mode. He suggests uninstalling any programs with the word "toolbar" in them to free up your web browser. "Often they are totally unnecessary, and sometimes agreeing to the user agreement to install them gives the producers of the software permission to download other additional toolbars and programs that run in the background, using valuable space," he adds.

8.DOWNGRADE YOUR PROTECTION SOFTWARE:ONLY UPGRADE TO THE COMPLETE SUITE OF PROGRAMS IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM . When it comes to protecting your computer, sometimes less is more. "When you shop for an anti-virus program, do you salivate over the total internet Security package instead?" asks Schwehr. "Just remember that an additional firewall and password manager and safe web surfing add-on for your browser are all additional programs using memory and resources simultaneously, and that's before you've even started another program!" If you need an anti-virus program, get just the lower end software and only upgrade to the complete suite of programs if you have a problem. (Don't miss these cell phone accessories that will make your life easier.)

9.DEFRAG YOUR COMPUTER:DO THIS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE AN OLD COMPUTER AND A HARD DRIVE . If you have an older computer with a hard drive (not a solid state drive) you may need to defrag it. Pang likens defragging to "a tuneup to get rid of junk." A good guideline is that computers running Windows 8 and higher defrag themselves. If you'd not sure if you need to defrag or how to do it, check the Windows tutorial.

10.UPGRADE THE COMPUTER:YOU MIGHT NEED A NEW COMPUTER . There are various remedies to speed up older computers, such as reverting to factory settings—but then again, you'll lose all your information, unless you back it up or hire someone to do it. But you can only teach an old dog so many new tricks. If a computer is five or more years old, it may be so out of date that you will need to continually remedy problems. Pang suggests that you replace computers once every five years. Next, check out the technology trends you should expect to see in 2018.

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by dermmy(m): 7:36am On Jun 16, 2018
FTC again.
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by IeatPussy: 7:36am On Jun 16, 2018
Uninstall unused programs

Delete temporary files

Get more hard drive storage.

Stop unnecessary start ups

Get more RAM

Run a disk defragment

Format the PC to have clean state. (partition ur drive to avoid loss of data.)

Buy a new Pc with good specification grin

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Qabt(m): 7:37am On Jun 16, 2018
Just buy a computer with good specifications, simple!

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Mutemenot(m): 7:37am On Jun 16, 2018
grin All dis for me to have my PC run faster Some malware cant be detected by Antivirus, so Formatting an infected PC is d sure way for me
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by seunpayne(m): 7:37am On Jun 16, 2018
I’m coming. I have a few disagreements but I want to play small pillars of eternity 2 before my wife wakes up.

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by DIYhackers: 7:41am On Jun 16, 2018
OK. Tnks
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Suko110(m): 7:43am On Jun 16, 2018
Just buy a good computer with tushed up RAM and hard disk put windows 10 and smadav, you are good to go. All odas nah story
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by MicroBox: 7:45am On Jun 16, 2018
You mean even though If i don't immediately install anti virus with window 10, no wahala ?
I just installed window 10 last night and its so beautiful.
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Nobody: 7:47am On Jun 16, 2018
Suko110:
Just buy a good computer with tushed up RAM and hard disk put windows 10 and smadav, you are good to go. All odas nah story

Did u just say SMADAV ?
That wicked indonesian malware ?
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by engrMikemd(m): 7:48am On Jun 16, 2018
Qabt:
Just buy a computer with good specifications, simple!

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by vosquare: 7:55am On Jun 16, 2018
Budex40:


Did u just say SMADAV ?
That wicked indonesian malware ?
Lol
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by samuelchimmy(m): 7:57am On Jun 16, 2018
I think the PC I'm managing should be more than 18years old

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by chumaster(m): 8:07am On Jun 16, 2018
MicroBox:
You mean even though If i don't immediately install anti virus with window 10, no wahala ?
I just installed window 10 last night and its so beautiful.
it is

but

I hope it will still be beautiful when it starts zapping your datacheesy

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by coonett87: 8:12am On Jun 16, 2018
We seem to ignore chkdsk command. PC can run slow when their are bad sectors in the hdd. If ur hdd is bad no matter all the steps you take to speedup ur system it will be running slow but chkdsk can fix the hdd and also save you cost of replacing new hdd or losing data. One thing about chkdsk command is that you should make sure ur in a place that has power backup because the hdd can damage if the system goes off while running.

Ensure you do the following

1. Active antivius Kaspersky remains the best with access to Internet for update.

2. Upgrade ur memory to 2GB plus if the system is Win7 and running 1GB currently.

3. Uninstall all tool bars ex ask.com or Google tool bar

4. Check ur startup items and uncheck unnecessary programs.

5. Run system defragmentation every 3 months.

6. Run chkdsk once a month or every 3 months.

7. Always shutdown patiently and avoid hibernation.

8. Avoid using ur laptop batteries without charging and remove the battery if not in use for month or weeks.

9. Ensure you close any program not in use.

10. Avoid being greedy in having all unnecessary programs in ur PC.

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by olowobaba10: 8:29am On Jun 16, 2018
THERE IS NO QUICK FIX TO SLOW PC , ALL THESE ARE WASTE OF TIME.
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by preciousnobel(m): 8:37am On Jun 16, 2018
Qabt:
Just buy a computer with good specifications, simple!
What specs should be in a computer for data analytics?
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by hakeem4(m): 9:20am On Jun 16, 2018
You can also delete some temporary files
And prefetch files
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Techfield(m): 9:42am On Jun 16, 2018
Mine is slow only when am browsing. Please any help?
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by HULSH(m): 9:45am On Jun 16, 2018
My PC is giving me headache. It charges and stops after 5 minutes, for it to charge again I'll have to unplug and wait after like 10minutes before it will continue charging again. It continues in this pattern until it's fully charged
Please, is there anyone here with idea on what the pblm is and what I should do to get it fixed.
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by ITbomb(m): 9:55am On Jun 16, 2018
Simple solution is
Get a 6 - 8 GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 and a good Antivirus and make sure once in a while you always shut down your system completely (not sleep, not hibernation)
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by KlausMike(m): 10:04am On Jun 16, 2018
HULSH:
My PC is giving me headache. It charges and stops after 5 minutes, for it to charge again I'll have to unplug and wait after like 10minutes before it will continue charging again. It continues in this pattern until it's fully charged
Please, is there anyone here with idea on what the pblm is and what I should do to get it fixed.

Change your laptop battery!
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by KlausMike(m): 10:08am On Jun 16, 2018
Being slow could also be a sign that your hdd needs replacement. As the computer works, there is a read and write operation on the magnetic disk, with time the disk gets deteriorated and would require replacement. This is however not the case for solid state drives.

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Technobs(m): 11:00am On Jun 16, 2018
Buying an expensive laptop doesnt mean that it is the best.
Read this article to avoid mistakes while buying a laptop.
https://technobs.com/2018/06/14/best-laptops-a-guide-on-how-to-choose-the-best/
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by usermane(m): 11:27am On Jun 16, 2018
Turn off Windows Update. It takes a lot of processing power
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Nobody: 11:50am On Jun 16, 2018
Please how do one know how old the computer system is?
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Offpoint: 11:53am On Jun 16, 2018
IeatPussy:
Uninstall unused programs

Delete temporary files

Get more hard drive storage.

Stop unnecessary start ups

Get more RAM

Run a disk defragment

Format the PC to have clean state. (partition ur drive to avoid loss of data.)

Buy a new Pc with good specification grin
God bless you and your English teacher... you're the only Nigerian who understands summary in school.. one bottle of Budweiser for you

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Offpoint: 12:02pm On Jun 16, 2018
These are the softwares on my PC
1. Adobe Master Collections CC 2018: consumes almost 35gb space during installation
2. Unity
3. Eclipse
4. Android Emulator
5. FL studio
6. Norton Antivirus

....
please anyone with idea how much I can get a 16gb ram?

my 8GB PC is too slow when booting
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by IeatPussy: 12:31pm On Jun 16, 2018
Offpoint:

God bless you and your English teacher... you're the only Nigerian who understands summary in school.. one bottle of Budweiser for you

Thanks bro.
Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Nobody: 12:37pm On Jun 16, 2018
Qabt:
Just buy a computer with good specifications, simple!

Honestly, that is the best way to solve that headache. smiley

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Re: 10 Reasons Your Computer Is Frustratingly Slow And What To Do About It by Heroboy(m): 1:41pm On Jun 16, 2018
KlausMike:
Being slow could also be a sign that your hdd needs replacement. As the computer works, there is a read and write operation on the magnetic disk, with time the disk gets deteriorated and would require replacement. This is however not the case for solid state drives.
Best solution. Just replace the hdd with Ssd and see the unimaginable speed it breathes...

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