Troubleshooting a Slow Computer at Home

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A computer that slows down or otherwise gives you problems with loading and operating may not need to be replaced. In some cases, there may only need to be a few tweaks and updates in order for your laptop or tower to be functional again. While not all computer problems can be addressed at home, there are a few things you can do to get your computer running quickly again. Note the following.

1. Background programs

 A slow computer is usually the fault of it being taxed by programs that are running in the background. This refers to programs that are running but which you aren't actually using. These programs can be updates to your software or accessories such as a printer, or they may be scans performed by your antivirus programs. You can disable these programs by checking your antivirus software and running a new scan, and noting any background programs it finds. Most of these types of programs will allow you to shut off these programs and just operate them manually when needed.

2. Outdated drivers

Drivers are what allow accessories to operate; this would include your mouse, your printer, your video programs, and the like. When drivers get outdated, this slows down the computer, as your hardware may no longer be compatible with that driver. Typically, your antivirus program will have a section that allows you to scan for updates of all your drivers, or you may see a notice that there are updates to your computer available when you turn it on. Be sure you install these updates as needed to keep your computer running smoothly.

3. Overheating

The components that work in your computer create heat, and most computers will have a small fan that vents this heat when needed. However, computers are virtually magnets for dust that may collect around this vent, or you may not realize that the vent even exists and may cover it or move your computer too close to a wall. In turn, your computer may slow down as it gets too hot, in order to allow it to cool. 

To see if overheating is the issue, you might put your hand near the back of the computer or underneath it and note if it seems overly warm. It's also good to see if it needs dusting near any of the vents or if these vents are covered, or if the computer tower is too close to a wall. 

These simple fixes may get your computer running quickly again and help you avoid unnecessary repair or replacement. If they don't seem to fix the problem though, you can contact a local company that offers computer repairs