If you find your computer is running slower than normal, here are a few basic tricks you can try to fix the problem before contacting technical support.
- Too many browser tabs
- Too many startup programs
- Avoiding or neglecting system updates
- Maxed-out memory
Too many browser tabs
Pages usually load fast and browsers aren’t much of a drag on resources when there’s only two or three tabs going, but they can add up quickly. Multiple browser tabs running means there are popups, videos, ads, and other processes continually running in the background.
Too many startup programs
Having everything run on startup so it’s easily accessible is a great way to slow your bootup to a crawl. It also means that, once your computer does finally finish startup, you’ll be pushing it hard for no reason. Fortunately All it takes to speed up boot times is to open your Task Manager, go to the Startup tab, and remove programs from your startup sequence by clicking the program name and selecting the “Disable” option.
Don’t avoid system updates
Don’t do it. Just don’t. Neglecting system updates can lead to throttled download and processing speeds. Either set a schedule to automatically take updates (preferred) or restart your system (which is usually all it takes, but can lead to lengthy wait times depending on the size of the update).