Self-Help – Computer is Slow

What to do when your computer is slow? Especially if it seems like it’s gotten slower over time? You can try these easy tricks:

  1. Make sure you have at least 10% of your drive free
  2. Scan for viruses and other malware – here’s an example of how: Ninite Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware
  3. Close background processes in the ‘System Tray’ – see screenshot. Click the arrow, then right click on the programs and select to close or exit them. Each will have it’s own list of options
  4. Use a vacuum cleaner or air compressor (at ho higher than 100 psi) to clean out the dust. Dust can cause corrosion and / or overheating which can affect computer performance

For most people, it’s not an option to ‘reformat’ their computer – delete everything and start from scratch with a fresh copy of Windows. But if it’s an option for you, it can make a big difference. Windows 10 has a feature where it can do that automatically, and even keep your files like pictures and documents in the same place so you don’t lose anything.

If your computer is a few years old, chances are it has a ‘mechanical’ hard drive which means it can degrade over time and become slower – so even a clean reinstall of Windows and everything else won’t fully restore it. In that situation, we recommend an upgrade to a ‘solid state’ drive. It’s a newer technology that has no moving parts, and therefore much quicker and less likely to break. We can perform a direct copy of your old drive to the new, so everything will be exactly the same – just much faster.

There can be many other factors affecting your computer performance but these are the most common and simple to resolve.

If you would like our help with that or anything else, send us a message here https://demidov.freshdesk.com/support/home