There's nothing more frustrating than a sluggish computer, especially when you know it still has legs in it.
Here are 10 most common reasons your computer is slowing down – and the simple measures you can take to get its groove back.
1. Too much in the trash bin.
Emptying your recycle bin can speed up the computer's performance and add room to your hard drive.
2. A dirty desktop.
Reorganize the files on your desktop in others folders. If you have multiple widgets running on your desktop or dashboard, they could be slowing your computer down also.
3. Too much in cache.
If you do a lot of web browsing, this is probably the main reason your computer is slow. In Windows, close all the Internet browsers, open up “Internet Options” and click delete in the “Browsing History” section.
4. Old software.
You want to make sure your hardware, your operating system, and your software are all on the same page. Sometimes new updates have bug fixes that can improve the overall operating speed of your computer.
5. Too many programs.
When you remove programs from your computer, make sure they are fully uninstalled. Application leftovers can use up a lot of space and slow your system down. If you have a Mac, “AppCleaner” is a great application to make sure you have all the corresponding files deleted.
6. Too little space.
If your computer has less than 10 percent of the total hard drive space free, it will begin to slow down
7. Too many fragments.
Fragmented data can cause the read/write function of your hard drive to slow down. Set up a schedule to defragment your hard disk regularly. In Mac OS X, it is also helpful to verify and repair the disk and disk permissions.
Resetting your computer’s RAM will be a great idea to speed up your computer. If resetting it doesn’t work, you will need to buy more RAM. Check with the machine’s manufacturer and the tech specs to make sure what you intend to get is compatible with your machine.
9. Bad fonts.
If you were installing fonts from the web it is fine, but some CDs are bad. Make sure all of your fonts are valid, as some of them may be harming your computer. We recommend you to download fonts from https://www.google.com/fonts only since they are verified.
10. Too many processes.
Computers can slow down from low CPU performance. Check what processes are running, as some of them may not be needed. Editing the startup items can also speed up your computer.