A slow computer can be enough to make you want to tear your hair out. There is nothing like sitting down at your machine hoping to get some work done, make a booking online, or browse the web for pleasure, only to find that you start having flashbacks to a dial-up modem in the 90’s.
Before you go out and buy a new computer, consider that there are some troubleshooting tips which can help you get your computer running faster without having to pay anything at all. Take a look at some of these steps next time you start to feel your computer dragging along.
Clear Your Cookies
Every time that you visit a website, your computer stores small files which are created by those sites. They are there to help your computer run faster on these websites each time by storing data the next time you visit the site. They include everything from your username to site preferences, to your password. If you’ve ever created a list of saved items to buy later or added things to your cart, the convenience of coming back at a later time and seeing they are still there is thanks to cookies.
After a while, however, they can start to bog down your system, particularly if you are running an older machine. Therefore, clearing your browsing history, cache, and cookies is recommended if you start to notice your computer taking a long time to load.
Restart Your Computer
It may seem all too simple, however, one of the most effective and easiest solutions to many computer issues is restarting your system.
By doing a reboot you can clear whatever processes or glitches going on in the background, which are causing your computer to run slowly.
If your computer is frozen altogether, Alt+Ctrl+Delete will allow you to do a forced shutdown. Try this before pressing the power button which can damage your system.
Is your computer up to date on all drivers and operating systems? Make sure that you check whether you have installed the latest updates. If you aren’t up to date this could cause programs to run slower than usual since they have been updated to run on a faster program.
Do a Virus/Spyware Check
It’s important to make sure that you have an anti-virus software installed on your computer which is running in the background at all times.
If your computer does fall victim to a virus it could be impossible to retrieve your data. Make sure that you run a scan frequently to keep any harmful malware out of your computer.
Otherwise, this may be the very culprit for your computer running slowly.