Why do computers slow down


Computers have become an essential part of our lives; this is because of the number of tasks which it is able to perform that are a necessity of the day to day running of our lives. From printing, data entry, storage, networking and sending mails among other functions, the computer is entirely relied upon. It is therefore essential to keep the computer running effectively to prevent any inconveniences to the users. There are many explanations why the computer slows down ranging from errors to viruses to registry problems.

The first known reason for the computer slowing down is when a number of background programs open at the same time. This makes the computer lack enough memory in which the programs can be ran. It is important for one to realize that the icons showing in the computer systems are the background programs that are using up the memory. Trojans, spyware, viruses, adware and less memory of below256 MB on the computer have also been identified to slow the computer down. The Windows device drivers may be old or alternatively the installed or uninstalled windows may leave parts behind in the registry which may crash or slow down the computer.

Another reason that is bound to slow down the computer system is in the case where the hard drive is full and therefore is being restricted to function properly and as is expected. Generally the hard drive should have about 300MB to 500MB of space left free to facilitate the disk chores. It is important to note that this applies to whichever drive the Windows OS is on and the drive C: Alternatively the computer may be containing a fragmented drive as a result of deleted or loaded programs. Regular registry cleaning is vital to ensure all errors and clutter in the registry is removed. Computer users should also ensure that they have enough memory and only essential programs run at any given time.

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