Is your PC running so slow that you are getting the urge to throw it out of the window?
Well, don’t make any sudden movements! Read the following steps and if you are still having same problems, you may proceed with opening the window.
Find the Resource Usage of each Program
Your PC may be running slower than normal because something is using up the computers resources. If it’s suddenly running slower, a runaway process may be using 99% of your CPU resources for example. Or perhaps an application might be experiencing a memory leak and using a large amount of memory with the result being that your PC is running slowly.
Close System Tray Programs
Many applications tend to run in the system tray, or notification area. These applications often launch at start-up and stay running in the background but remain hidden behind the up arrow icon located at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click this icon near the system tray, right-click any applications you don’t need running in the background, and close them to free up the resources on your computer.
Disable Unnecessary Start-up Programs
To prevent these applications from automatically opening during the windows start-up and additionally to save memory and CPU usage you can do so via the start-up manager in the task manager.
Scan for Malware and Adware
There’s also a chance that malicious software is making the computer slow by continuously running in the background without your knowledge. This may not be malware but it can also be software connected to your web browser to track your browsing habits to add advertisements, for example.
Free Up Disk Space
If your hard drive is almost completely full, your computer is naturally going to run slower as your system always needs a bit of free space to keep everything running smoothly. You don’t need any third-party software to accomplish this — as you can run the Disk Clean-up tool included in most Windows operating systems, which can help quite a bit specially when your system is so low on space that installing a program isn’t an option.
Uninstall Programs You Don’t Use
Open the Control Panel, find the list of installed programs, and uninstall programs you don’t use or perhaps don’t need from your PC. This can help speed your PC up, as those programs might include background processes, auto start entries, system services, context menu entries, and other things that take away from the overall performance of your computer.
Defragment Your Hard Disk
Defragmenting your hard disk actually shouldn’t be necessary on modern versions of Windows. It’ll automatically defragment mechanical hard drives in the background. Solid-state drives don’t really need traditional defragmentation, although modern versions of Windows will “optimise” them, thereby making your system run faster.