Computers are not failsafe, that’s for sure. You can be going along fine with your current computer and then all of a sudden it seems that all you’re doing is cleaning up and trying to figure out what’s wrong with it and why it’s running so slowly. It’s at this point that you might feel like throwing in the towel, throwing your computer in the garbage, and buying a new one. However you might not have to do that! There are a bunch of options for you if you’re having computer problems such as sluggish performance and more.
Thankfully there are so many people with the “slow computer” problem that an entire cottage industry has sprung up around helping the common user figure out what’s wrong and fix the issue. There are quite a few software programs that have been designed to help people streamline the cleanup process on an old and sluggish PC.
Many of the common problems related to a slow computer are around clutter. Program clutter (too many programs running at once, programs running in the background hogging resources, and more), file clutter, and viruses are the main culprits. Sometimes even malware can be playing a part in how poorly your computer is running.
Let’s take a look at some of the software programs that are available to help you clean up a sluggish computer.
First of all there is the typical CCleaner. This will help you to remove excess file clutter that tends to build up over time in an average computer. I highly recommend downloading and running this free software as a first step.
Then I suggest scanning with an antivirus program (you already have one, right?) and an antimalware program. These can identify if there are any bad software or viruses lurking on your computer and causing the issues.
If there is damage to your computer due to a virus, then there is a great program called Reimage repair that can help you to repair damage to Windows on the fly. I actually used this myself after my video editing computer got a worm and would not run properly. It fixed the problem well enough that I was able to go in and finish my project before reinstalling Windows. I’d recommend it to people whose computers are crashing, freezing, and otherwise not performing right due to a virus.
Another great way to improve performance on a computer that is a little bit older is to install more RAM. RAM stands for random access memory and it’s the direct measure of how much you can do on your computer at once before it slows down. It’s easy to buy and install yourself. Some newer tablets, however, such as the Surface Pro line, cannot have their RAM upgraded or replaced. They are sealed.
You can go to Crucial.com or just do a quick internet search to see what kind of RAM your computer can take and what you can upgrade it with.