Blog Post

Ritelink Blog > News > HOW TO > 6 Ways to Fix a Slow Computer

6 Ways to Fix a Slow Computer

There are many reasons a computer could be acting sluggishly. You cann’t easily explained why it is  exactly acting “slow”, but you can figure out through these steps below:

  1. Your system could be overheating (and if it does, it will reduce the CPU speed to avoid becoming damaged by the excess heat) – check the CPU and GPU temperatures. You can use SpeedFan for this. If your machine is overheating, it may be time to make sure the fans are working – perhaps install additional ones to improve air flow inside the case, if the case has space for them – clean the heat sinks and replace thermal paste on the processor. If you don’t know how to do that or aren’t confident you can do it without messing up, you can always take your machine to a repair shop and pay someone to do that for you.
  2. Malware running on your system can slow it down. Run an anti-malware and anti-rootkit scan, preferably run a second using a different scanner after the first finishes. My personal go-to products for this are Malwarebyts Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-Rootkit and DrWeb CureIt .
  3. You might have too many programs running in the background, overburdening your system. Use the Task Manager to check how many processes you have running at the same time, how much memory they use and how much of your processor they are using. It’s a good idea to never have more programs configured to autorun on system start than you absolutely need.
  4. Open the Control Panel, find the list of installed programs, and uninstall programs you don’t use and don’t need from your PC. This can help speed your Slow PC up, as those programs might include background processes, autostart entries, system services, context menu entries, and other things that can slow down your PC. It’ll also save room on your hard drive and improve system security.
  1. The program – or game – you’re trying to run might simply demand more memory or processing power than your system has available. Have you checked your computer’s specifications and the program’s requirements?
  2. It might be time to upgrade – not necessarily the whole computer unless it’s really ancient, but at least some parts of it. If you use a hard drive as your primary storage, you might want to consider switching to an SSD or SSHD (since it’s faster than conventional hard drives, your system will boot faster and any games or programs will start faster as well). You might be able to upgrade the amount of RAM installed in your machine – these days, 4 GB is considered the minimum and even office programs may perform better with 8 GB . If it’s a desktop computer, you could replace the processor for a more powerful one (it’s also possible with some – but not all – laptops). If it’s a desktop, and you use it for gaming, your performance issues may be the result of an insufficient graphics card. You can get decent cards for gaming – such as GTX 750 Ti or R9 370 – that will fit your budget our


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *