Even in the age of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, desktop computers remain the undisputed champion when it comes to reliability and lifespan. They can handle a wide range of tasks with the best performance.
However, even desktops slow down, and if yours does, it can spell bad news for you. In our online age, computer issues can affect your personal projects, professional work, leisure time, and so on. This can lead to a lot of unnecessary frustration that is not good for your health and mental wellbeing. If you find yourself constantly asking, “Why is my computer so slow?” consider some of the possible reasons for a slowdown—and their solutions.
Identify the Issue
Understand that your computer slowing down will happen naturally regardless of how careful you are to maintain it. That said, there are steps you can take to mitigate this process. Desktop slowdowns can result from a wide range of issues related to both hardware and software. This makes it very important to identify the issue before trying to do anything.
If your desktop’s performance is suffering due to a worn-down part like RAM or hard disk, replacing those parts is the easy solution. But in most instances of computer slowdowns, software issues are far more common than parts wearing down (which takes years to happen). On the software side, common issues include malware attacks, computer viruses, and lack of compatibility between software and OS.
- Uninstalled Updates
Even a decade back, software and operating system updates weren’t as important as today. But these days, not keeping your computer updated is the easiest way to cause performance issues such as slowdowns. Regularly installing updates is essential as these updates iron out bugs and add new features and security options for your desktop.
- Maxxed-Out Storage
Another common reason for desktop slowdown is maxxed-out storage. Over time, a lot of hard disk space is taken up by files, folders, apps, games, and so on. Full storage takes its toll on the hard disk speed. Plus, the all-important updates can also take up a lot of space. You should clear up your hard disk by deleting unimportant files and running a disk defrag at least once a month.
Computer viruses and malware hardly require an introduction in today’s day and age as everyone is aware of how devastating they are. Viruses and malware affect not only computers but smartphones and other devices as well. Installing antivirus software on your computer can prevent most virus and malware attacks, but if an attack happens despite that, taking your computer to a technician is the best idea.
- Device Overload
Sometimes using your computer for extended periods can cause it to slow down. This is especially true if your computer hardware is a couple of years old. If this happens, it’s recommended you turn it off and let it rest for a while before turning it back on.
Now that you know the problems, it’s time to consider the solutions! Before your despair, see if any of these approaches help get your computer back in shape.
- Keep Your Device Updated Automatically
Constantly being notified of updates can get irritating, which is why most users turn the auto-update feature off, preferring to check and install updates by themselves. However, if you don’t like updating manually, turn on the optional auto-update feature. This way you can ensure your computer never misses a major or minor update.
- Look Into Alternative Storage Methods
Look into alternate storage methods for your files and documents. Cloud storage is currently the most popular storage method that sync’s your PC with the service provider’s database with secure encryption. DropBox, OneDrive, and Google Drive are the most popular service providers in this regard.
External hard drives like pen drives are still an option but are far less frequently used these days compared to a few years back.
- Invest In Antivirus/Antimalware
If you’re serious about ensuring your computer’s safety as well as preventing slow down, invest in a good antivirus/antimalware product. Some scammers take advantage of people trying to protect their devices by offering fraudulent antivirus and antimalware products. You should only buy antivirus/antimalware software from verified, reputable sources.
- Consider a New Computer
If all of these solutions don’t work for you, maybe it’s time you got yourself a new device. Do your research and consider your circumstances to find a device that fits your performance expectation as well as budget. If you want to get yourself a laptop that you can carry around, you also need to consider durability and battery life factors.
Taking Care of Your Computer
People often tend to put their desktops through a lot more pressure than smartphones and laptops due to the misconception that workhorse desktops can handle the abuse. This is far from the truth. Treat your computer like an old friend, and take good care of it. This way, you’ll get the most mileage out of your desktop.