If you have a computer you are not unfamiliar to computer repairs.  It is inevitable that your computer will eventually run slow or not at all especially if you are a novice to technology which lets admit most of us are.  One of the biggest reasons clients bring their computers in is that they are slower than when they first purchased them.  They always want to know who or what is to blame for this.  No one wants to hear it but the problem your computer may be running slower than when you purchase it is…YOU!

Maintenance is the key in making sure your computer keeps running at peak performance. Just like your car needs regular oil changes and filter changes your computer needs tune ups to clean up the registry of old programs not in use, updates on spyware and adjustment of settings to insure peak performance.  Of course there could be more reasons for the slow down.  It is best to take the computer in to a local computer repair firm, as you would your car to a mechanic; to have it thoroughly looked at.

Other reasons that your computer may be having issues running slower than normal could be that your computer has contracted a virus. Trojans, spyware and malware may be the cause of the issue with your computer running slowly.  Spyware creates an issue where outsiders have gotten into your computer without you knowing it and start sending out personal data to entities that will take advantage of your system and cause it to run slowly.   Even if you have up to date virus protection you can still become infected it just lessens the likelihood.  Computer repair in the form of a virus scan and removal are needed and can be done at your local computer repair store.  It is also recommended that a tune up be performed on your PC at this time to regain the speed and efficiency of your computer.

You can also inspect your computer and delete files and programs that have been added that are unnecessary.  The more files and programs you keep stored on the hard drive of your computer the slower it will run.  I recommend having a separate flash drive to store big files such as pictures, word and excel documents.  The space adds up quickly.  Also, delete any unnecessary short cuts on your desk top they could be causing your computer to run at a snail’s pace.

It is important if you have tried all of the similar solutions to look at the computer’s hard drive. Run a disk defragmenter which will help optimize how data is stored and then Scandisk to help ensure nothing is actually corrupt within the drive.

Another issue that is common is that the processor is overheating.  This is common.  You will want to first make sure the cooling system in the computer, the fan, is running.  If not it will need to be shut off and taken in for the fan to be replaced.  If the fan is running look to make sure a build-up of dust is not causing an issue or that the cabinet the computer is stored in is not blocking the air flow.  I have found this happens to me when I am in bed using the laptop and forget about the heat issue.  If I set the computer on the blankets the air flow is blocked and the computer will have issues.

Memory, hard drive disk space and conflict in hardware/software are all problems that could also be responsible for the slowing down of your computer.  If you have a computer repair check all of the above and there is still issues they will most likely recommend you do an OS reload.  Basically this will consist of wiping the computer clean and reloading your operating system.  Make sure your data is backed up before doing this.  Also, this requires installation of the programs that you run on your computer.  This is basically a last resort but it will make your computer like when you first brought it home.