Your PC is running slow. You may have even just recently purchased it. What is going on??!!
There are two common culprits and solutions to slow running PCs.
- Installed Programs vs. System Resources
- Malware and Viruses
Our Help Desk troubleshoots these issues every day. Here are some of the more common reasons for slow running PCs and what you can do about it.
- Applications are installed, rarely used, and these consume computer memory and CPU resources. Some even run in the background without you knowing it. Suggestion: Remove any applications that are installed but not used. You can typically uninstall apps from Add/Remove programs located in the Control Panel BUT MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT UNINSTALL A NEEDED APP.
- Utilities from a CD or the Web are installed which also install other utilities. Suggestion: Read the fine print or do a custom install. By default, most utilities default to installing other apps and utilities you do not want. So uncheck this option.
- Web browser toolbars can wreak havoc on computers. Suggestion: Do not install a toolbar unless you have a specific need to do so. Again, Read the fine print. Here how to remove them from Internet Explorer.
- Pop-up notifications may suggest you update. Suggestion: Do not install the update unless you know what it is. Some malware masks itself as an update and once you click ok, it installed.
- The PC has not been rebooted for months, and then fails to start when rebooted. Suggestion: Reboot at least weekly to ensure automatic updates from Microsoft are installed and active.
Some other requirements for safe and trouble-free computing include:
- Make sure you have an anti-virus program installed. Microsoft Security Essentials can be installed for free on individual computers. Read the licensing information for company computer requirements.
- Do not open unknown emails. Email is a common mechanism to deliver viruses and malware. You are inviting problems if you do not know the sender. Links and attachments in emails are typically how the virus or malware is delivered.
- DO NOT USE PEER-to-PEER file sharing programs – Never, ever! These are programs which connect you to other networked computers across the internet who share content. These applications (such as torrent programs, Limewire, Bearshare), are time bombs for a computer. In 3-6 months, you may be reinitializing your computer due to the amount on unwanted spyware, malware and viruses that are now roosting in your computer.
- Set automatic updates from Microsoft to ensure you have the latest security updates.