Top 4 Reasons for PC Slowdowns
So, what are the 4 Reasons for PC Slowdowns, well registry errors, clutter, and fragmented drives can turn a fast computer into a painfully slow one. Sit back and think for a few seconds, does your computer need a PC tune-up?
Remember when your PC was fresh out of the box and lighting fast? Those were the days, when boot times were less than the time it takes to hard-boil an egg. All computers slow down with use. The more you install and uninstall software, add and delete files, change personal preferences and tweak system configurations, the more you leave a trail of file remnants, fragmented drives, registry conflicts, and errors that reduce PC performance. At first it may only be a few seconds but over time this can become much worse and add minutes.
Even a new PC may show early signs of “age”. For example, you may get longer processing times, unexpected or random system crashes, and programs that lock up inexplicably causing you to reboot. The frustrated PC owner may give up on an “old” computer with perfectly good hardware to purchase a brand-new unit — only to repeat the cycle after some time. Spyware, insufficient memory, and worn-out hardware are usually blamed for waning performance. Sometimes it is these things but sometimes it is not, you need to investigate first.
But while spyware’s a factor in many PC slowdowns, it’s rarely the only factor. And while your system may have loads of RAM, it still won’t suffice if your system manages memory badly. As for the age of your hardware, there’s no physical reason why it should run any slower than the day you bought it.
So, what’s the real reason behind all those PC slowdowns?
According to a recent analysis of over half a million computers, the top four PC speed killers are:
1. Registry Errors, Clutter, and Fragmentation
Your Windows registry contains key information for everything on your system, including user profiles, software settings, hardware configurations, and so on.
As you engage in your normal computing activities, the registry gradually fills with clutter and begins to generate errors. Why? Because long after you’ve uninstalled a piece of software that was downloaded, references to that download still remain in the registry, leaving Windows to deal with invalid paths.
During start up, Windows tries to load all the missing drivers, files, and applications still listed in the registry, making the boot process something like the hunt for specific phone numbers in a poorly organized address book.
Compounding the problem, your registry gets fragmented just like your hard drive. Since the registry must be loaded into memory every time you start your computer, the bigger and more fragmented it is, the longer you’ll wait for your PC to go through its paces. Slowing it down and getting worse with more install and uninstalling.
2. Hogging the Starter’s Position
Many programs load themselves partially whenever you start your PC. This makes them seem more responsive when you launch them, but with so many programs starting at once and tapping system resources, boot times and overall performance suffer.
You may want to preload a couple of favourite programs for quick access, but not all those seldom-used utilities queuing up on your taskbar.
There are many programmes that can be downloaded for free that will help you block start up programs. But in Windows 10 and most other OS they have built-in way for you to choose what software’s can start at boot time. For Windows 10 this can be found in ‘Task Manager’. To get to Task Manager either right click on the tool bar at the bottom or press CTRL +ALT + DEL and choose ‘Task Manger’ from the list.
Then click on the ‘Start-up’ tab and choose what start programs you want to enable or disable.
3. Bad Internet Settings
90% of PCs owners haven’t optimized their internet settings. If you’re among this group, you’re losing bandwidth, and maybe even allowing malware to pirate portions of your bandwidth to run on your PC. Unless you optimize the way your computer communicates with the network, downloads will probably take longer than they should, and web pages may be slow to load — even over a fast connection. Adding loads of browser add-ons and plugins will also tend to slow the browser down. If you find this happening remove them and try to re-install the browser.
4. Hard Drive Errors
Over 26% of all computers have hard drive errors. These degrade performance and may prevent you from saving or retrieving files. Worse, hard drive errors may be a sign of imminent mechanical failure that could cost you all your data. You should take monthly backups of your data, weekly is better, but this depends on how you use your computer.
Taking a backup image of the hard disk is always a good idea and one that people forget. Take an image, or snap shot, and you can restore it onto another brand-new hard disk of the same or larger size, if your one dies. It would even give you a chance to upgrade to a SSD which will boost your computer hugely.
Maybe think about using an external hard disk for storage, we have a great article about that Uses for an External Hard Drive
Putting the Kibosh on the PC Speed Killers
Most of the above PC problems can be fixed quickly, easily, and inexpensively with PC Tune-up software that will repair your registry, remove junk files, eliminate malware, defrag your hard drive, boost your internet settings, and prevent non-essential programs from running in the background.
Any PC Tune-up program worth its price tag should offer two levels of control:
1) Advanced options for technical users who want to be able to tweak their settings and get the most out of their performance tools,
2) Pre-set, automated system maintenance for the average user who simply wants to keep a computer running fast and problem-free without having to deal with configurations, diagnostics, or even ordinary PC clean-up functionality.
These are very large and well-known companies that deal in computer protection and website protection. They do have paid version of these software’s but for starters this will be a good place to understand how your computer is doing.