Computer Repair Question: Why is my Computer so Slow?

Here are a few common reasons why your computer or server might be slowing down:

1. Your hard drive could be too full of data to function efficiently. There should be at least 300MB-500MB of free space to allow for disk file chores. This mostly applies to the C: dive or whatever drive your Windows cache is on. If your C: drive is too full, delete unused programs on the C: drive to make space.

2. Your computer could have a fragmented hard drive. This problem results from programs being loaded and deleted. Run the Windows hard drive defragmenter (Defrag) once a month.

3. Your computer may have too many background programs running that there is not enough main memory to run your main programs. To see and remove all running background programs:
a. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time.
b. Click any program or task except Explorer or Systray.
c. Then click End Task.
After this, you should have a clean system. However, you have just removed the programs from your computer’s memory, a majority of them will likely restart the next time your computer starts.

4. If you have 256 MB of memory or less, or if you like to play games, you may not have enough system memory to run your software efficiently. What should you do? Upgrade to at least 512 MB or more. This is one of the cheapest and best upgrades you can do.

5. Your computer could be full of adware, spyware, viruses, or trojans. These are challenging programs that literally take over the functioning of your computer so they can run their programs. To get rid of these and to prevent them from installing in the first place, you need to update your firewall, anti-virus, and spyware removal programs.

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