Slow Computer

Why is your computer slow?

Here are the top 11 reasons we find for slow computers:

  1. Insufficient RAM (memory) – Windows computers need at least 4GB or RAM and most will see improvement by upgrading to 8GB.
  2. Malware – Not viruses, but adware and junk that has accumulated on the computer and in the browsers.
  3. Hard Drive Bottleneck – Windows 8 and Windows 10 use occupy the hard drive a lot and cause everything else on the machine to feel slow.
  4. Slow CPU – Single core and 2-core CPUs often just don’t have the horsepower to run the computer.
  5. Broken Antivirus – The antivirus is hogging resources either because it’s broken or is poorly designed.
  6. Failing Hard Drive – Very slow disk I/O because of bad sectors or problems with the hard drive firmware.
  7. Browser Damage – Settings on the browser are causing it to be confused when displaying internet data.
  8. Network Problems – Failing router or cable modem, bad WiFi settings or signal.
  9. Runaway Program – Some program, other than the antivirus, is broken and hogging resources.
  10. Windows Update – Your computer has not digested the latest set of updates from Microsoft and can’t operate properly until it does.
  11. Too Much Syncing – Dropbox, iCloud, One Drive, Google Drive and others are all trying to synchronize simultaneously.

Based on our experience, 99% of computers that feel slow will fall into one of these categories. Often, computers that don’t respond to repair immediately have more than one of the above problems.

What are some common things that DO NOT slow down your computer?

  1. Too Much Data on the Hard Drive – In theory this could be a problem but it almost never is.

If your computer is slow and you would like get it fast again, bring your slow computer to Campus Computer Repair or Hartland Computer Repair and we’ll fix it.

Campus Computer Repair