The Windows operating system is notorious for slowing down over time. This can happen from a variety of different causes, however there are generally a few key culprits that are the reason for this particular tech malady. Once you learn how and why Windows can get bogged down you can learn to prevent and solve the issue entirely. The key is to educate yourself on some basic working knowledge of how computers work.
Unfortunately it seems that Windows tends to let itself become victim of software that gets installed on the computer. This really shouldn’t be the case, but it’s a holdover from years and years of building onto the same general OS structure. It seems that the Mac OS is a bit less susceptible to this, however even Macs are not immune to this particular problem.
Preventing computer slowdowns starts with avoiding installing software that you don’t need. Back in the day when internet connection speeds were getting faster people started to get download-happy. They would download anything in sight: music, screensavers, file sharing apps, games, apps, and other things that weren’t really necessary. The problem was that much of this software was quite poorly coded and resulted in memory hogs that would overtake the operating system’s resources. People seem to download less junk these days but it bears reminding people that every time you install a new software program you will likely slow down your computer by a small increment. This is true especially if the software runs in the background. Antivirus software is a great example – it’s constantly running in the background. You have to choose your antivirus software carefully or you risk having your computer crawl to a screeching halt.
If your computer is slow and you have a lot of extra software you don’t need, then I definitely recommend going to the Add / Remove Software section in the Control Panel and getting rid of the software that you don’t use. You might be surprised at what you find in there – programs you may have forgotten about or didn’t even realize were still there. It’s funny how we forget what’s on our computer!
Another reason that Windows can slow down considerably is malware running in the background. In this case you might not even know the program is there, however it’s hogging resources. The best way to find and remove these particular programs is to run a spyware removal software tool. There are several of them on the market and it’s not too hard to find a good one. A great one that I have used myself is Spyhunter, but you can shop around for others.
Malware can also be dangerous to your computer and your personal information. Although much of the malware out there is relatively benign, there are some malicious programs that will sniff out passwords and account numbers. This is something you should definitely be aware of. Getting a good antimalware software program on your computer should be the next step after installing an antivirus software program.