Slow and steady wins the race? Wait! What?
Honestly speaking that phrase is completely wrong in today’s world where everything is based on how quick you do your work. Talking about computers and laptops, speed is everything. These technologies were born for this purpose; to do the work efficiently and quickly.
Marking one reason for the slow operation of laptops is very foolish. There are a lot of reasons for the slowing down of laptops and PCs, some of these are listed below;
MALWARE, VIRUS, AND ANTIVIRUS:
Malware is the leading cause of the slowing down of the laptops and PCs; either it is a virus, Trojan, adware or spyware. All these have different characteristics that classify them, but we will consider these as malware that is highly undesirable for any operating system.
“These days, viruses most commonly install a malicious program that runs ads randomly, which is an easy way to generate income for its creator”, Schoeffler says.
The first step towards protection is the installation of some anti-malware. Windows and Linux users can have an anti-malware app that can run the scanning process both in the background and on demand. For Mac users, the application with the on-demand scanning will be more suitable.
Also having only one anti-malware application is sufficient. Running too many scannings in the background may lead to a slow running laptop.
“Virus scans slow down the works because they’re running in the background”, Silverman says.
TOO MANY STARTUP PROGRAMS:
When we download new applications and programs, they try to find their way and make a place in the startup menu. We never know how many programs start running as soon as the computer boots up. This causes the slowing down of the laptops and badly affects its performance.
“The most common cause of a slow computer is too many startup programs,” says Aaron Schoeffler, computer repair doctor at LaptopMd. “90 percent of programs want that permission to start when your computer starts so that you’ll use them, and that can result in a boot time of five to ten minutes. When it finally does start, a ton of programs are already running in the background and if you’re not using a newer computer, that can slow it down.”
FAILURE OF HARD DRIVE:
“A hard drive nearing the end of its lifespan is a common issue. Hard drives are made of moving parts that spin thousands of times a day and they do wear down,” says Schoeffler “Generally, after two to three years of consistent use, there’s a high chance that a hard drive is failing.”
The solid-state; drive on the other hand; do not experience the same type of degradation. These have a life span of about 8 to 10 years. But SSDs are more expensive per gigabyte of storage.
“Solid state drives are also ten times faster than a standard hard drive, and you’re looking at going from a boot time of three to five minutes to 15-20 seconds,” Schoeffler says.
So, hard drive failure also marks as one of the reasons for the slowing down of laptops and PCs.
HARD DRIVE IS 95% FULL:
Based on statistics, your computer performance is slowed down to 50% when the storage is 95% full.
“At this point, there is no space to save the temporary files required for operating programs, so it’s as if the OS doesn’t know how to run properly anymore,” Schoeffler says.
Hard drive space is taken up by the programs installed, their updates, trash files, downloads etc. Try cleaning up the trash files and uninstall the programs you do not use or it gets downloaded itself.
TOO MANY ADD-ONS ON BROWSER:
Browser extensions may enhance your web browsing experience but it eats up the fats performance of your operating system. Some add-ons may proclaim to be popup blockers but they actually might be the browser adware to slow down the working of your pc.
TOO MANY APPS OPEN:
One can probably work on two to three applications on a laptop at a time. Do you really have to keep all those applications running on your system even when you are not working on those? More applications running in the background are very harmful not only to the performance of the PC but also eats up the RAM and disk space.
This also refers to the use of a lot of web browsing tabs opened in a browser at a time. Try closing the useless tabs to protect your work from being delayed. This is the short term solution to this problem at hand.