When a computer starts to slow down, it is normal to wonder if its internal parts are aging and if this is the cause of the slow down. However, aging parts are not usually the problem of a computer that is losing its speed. So, what does happen when a computer slows down, sometimes to a crawl?
In this article, we will talk about the things that frequently play a part in helping a computer’s speed deteriorate and what we can do to prevent this from happening.
What Makes Up Our Computer’s Resources?
When we talk about a computer’s resources, we are talking about the types and the ratings of the parts that comprise the computer. Those things that most influence the speed of the computer would be the motherboard, the CPU and the RAM. Still, even though we may install more RAM in our computer to give it a speed boast, most times this is done to accommodate new software or hardware we installed on the computer. However, if a computer has suddenly become inordinately slow, increasing the amount of RAM will not cure the problem.
What Steals a Computer’s Resources?
When a computer becomes slow, either over a short period of time or a long one, there are usually very familiar unauthorized villains that are stealing the computer’s resources and causing its performance to suffer.
Some types of malware is what very often will steal a significant amount of our computer’s resources and make it next to impossible to use. Malware means malicious software and can be anything we normally associate with viruses or spyware.
For the purposes of this article, we do not need to differentiate between the different types of parasites. What is important is we realize we must scan our computers frequently for all types of spyware and all types of malware and viruses. This is the first step in computer maintenance because it will keep our PC’s free of these things that destroy our computer’s performance, not to mention the fact scanning for spyware can also save our identity from being stolen.
About the Computer Registry
Also, don’t forget the importance of keeping your PC’s registry clean! The computer’s registry starts to build up corruption from the first day it is run. Normal use will cause meaningless and unhelpful entries to become logged in an operating system’s registry. These types of entries are what are known as registry corruption and they need to be removed on a regular basis with a good registry cleaner. If they are not, they will cause your computer to lose some or all of its speed.
There are a couple of other things you should do that will help keep your computer up to top speed. For instance, when you install a new program, don’t choose the option of letting the program start automatically at computer start up. Failing to choose no to this option will mean you will always have this program running and using your resources. You don’t need this automatic start up as you can always start any program from “start-all programs.”
Still, above and beyond anything else that could be slowing down your computer is the major problems of spyware, viruses or any other kind of malware and registry corruption. These are the things most often responsible for a PC losing its zip and possible freezing up. Clean out the malware and keep the registry free of corruption and chances are your computer will perform excellently for a long time to come!
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