Slowing down of PC is a common problem which is experienced by almost all PC users. Most of us think that slowing down of PC is a natural consequent of aging our PC. But the idea is wrong. The computer does not get slower due to the aging of its component; actually there are some causes that are responsible for slowing down your PC. There are so many causes which are responsible for slowing down your PC. But don’t be worried because where there is a problem, there is a solution. Among so many causes, we have detected 8 causes as root causes which can be solved very easily.
List of 8 main Reasons Slowdown PC which are also Responsible for Slowing Down Your laptop too
1. Corrupted or fragmented, hard-drive
2. Lack of enough free space in hard-drive
3. Virus or malware
4. Confliction between hardware and outdated drivers
5. Numerous background program
6. Out-dated windows version and other software
8. Failure of hardware
In this article we shall discuss about these 10 reasons in a nutshell to give you a head start on understanding your PC’s problems and how to solve it.
Reason # 1: Corrupted or fragmented hard drive
Actually corrupted disk drive means that the File Allocation Table (FAT) of your system has been corrupted and that’s why the computer processor has become unable to access your expected files. There are quite a few reasons for the hard drive of your PC to get corrupted. An improper shut down is a common reason for this problem. Due to corrupted hard drives, your power supply of your computer can be suddenly switched off. If you are having problems with one of your hard disks, then there are also chances of hard drive corruption. You can think that virus is the reason for the corruption of your hard drive and scanning can solve the problem. But the reality is scanning makes the process of recovering the data complicated. So, don’t scan a corrupted computer hard drive.
(Note, do not do it yourself if you are not familiar with the process described below. Try to discuss with a professional IT Tech to assist).
• Run ScanDisk or something equivalent to confirm that there is no physical problem in your hard drive.
• Run Defrag to ensure that data is arranged in the best possible order.
Precaution: If you are not familiar with the process described above, do not do it yourself and take help from a professional IT Technologist.
Reason#2: Lack of enough free space in hard-drive
Lack of enough free hard drive space can slow-down your computer’s speed. When you use free space to store files and data, it also functions to allow swap file space and virtual memory which is required for the programs to operate.
Make it sure that there is at least 20% free space in your hard drive hard drive and try to increase it when possible.
Reason # 3: Virus or malware
If you think that your PC has been infected by virus or malware, scan your PC instantly. Today, spyware and other malware are responsible for many computer problems, including a slow computer. Generally, we think that an antivirus scanner is enough for protecting our PC. But the reality is it is not enough to protect your PC. That’s why we recommend you to install a malware scanner.
Install both of malware scanner or antivirus scanner on your computer for a better protection.
Reason # 4: Confliction between Hardware and outdated drivers
When two devices try to use the same resource, a hardware conflict occurs.
For instance, if two hardware devices in your PC try to share the same IO port than hardware conflict occurs consequently. Today hardware conflicts are not so common due to plug-n-play. Plug-n-play (PnP) manages each of the hardware devices installed in your computer.
Follow the following steps to verify that your computer is free from the risk of hardware conflicts:
Device Manager >> System (select from the top of the list) >> Properties.
From the list of resources, you will be able to understand which ones are being used by which devices and if there is a conflict, which devices are responsible for it. After identifying the specific confliction, refer to the specific device’s manual for information on changing configuration to troubleshoot the conflict. If that resolves the problem, then you do not need to go to the next step; otherwise disconnect or remove or all non-vital devices (such as, sound card or CD-ROM) except for the one that isn’t working.
If the device still doesn’t work, then there may be plain broken or the conflict is with a vital piece of hardware such as – motherboard.
If the problem is not resolved, then there can be a problem with your driver. If the driver is defective or outdated, it can interfere with computer communicating with a specific section of hardware.
If the problem seems to have been fixed, now start adding devices one-by-one. Hopefully problem will not come back; if it does, reconfigure that device so that the conflict is eliminated.
Reason # 5: Numerous background programs
Startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots remove or disable those. If there is a security utility such as antivirus scanner, malware and spyware protection program installed on the computer, set up these programs not to scan your computer in the background. Often when these programs start on to scan the computer the overall performance of your computer can be decreased.
Check the programs that are running in the background and also check how much memory and CPU they are using. To do this, open Task Manager and then set up a timetable to run your security and other programs which require scanning of hard drive when you have the lowest activity on the computer.
Reason # 6: Out-dated windows version and other software
If the windows and the software installed on your computer are out-dated, then the speed of your computer can be slow down.
Make sure that the software and Windows installed in your computer are up-to-date. If you are connected to the Internet make sure all browser plug-ins are up-to-date when your computer becomes slow
Reason # 7: Overheating
Overheating has a detrimental effect on the component of your computer. One of the most energy-intensive and literally hottest components of your computer is its processor. The temperature of your CPU depends on its model and usage. Whenever electricity passes through the circuits of a CPU, it generates heat. Extreme heat affects the processor detrimentally which can slow down your computer’s performance. In modern processors the most favorable temperature range is 70 -90 degree celsius.
Today, most motherboard manufacturers include CPU temperature-monitoring software. You can monitor the temperature using this software. You also can use a fan to control temperature.
Reason #8: Failure of hardware
If your computer show lack of improvement and continues to be slow even after going over each of the above recommendations, then there may be a problem with your hardware.
You can ask for help to IT technologists. Replace the problematic hardware or if the problem is very serious in that case, it is better to buy a new computer.