If you’re looking for a solution to slow computer performance you are bombarded with tips, tricks, tweaks, and techniques that are all over the place. Sure, most of the work, but the first step should always be figuring out which screw is actually loose, so to speak. In the next few paragraphs, I will guide you through a process that helps you figure out what the underlying cause for your slow computer performance is, so you can then pick the right technique from the plethora that are available on the internet.
Check Your Hard Drive Volume
As your hard drive fills up, Windows tends to slow down. Go to My Computer and check your drives for how much space is left. Especially the one where Windows resides (usually C). If there is not much space left (at least 2-3 Gig), you should consider deleting files and programs you no longer need.
Check Your Processes
The first step is to check your running processes. You do that by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del. A small window pops up that will list all running processes, and how many resources they consume. Go through this list and jot down everything you don’t understand. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but as with cars, you can’t fix a computer if you don’t know how it works. Make a shortlist of the processes and then Google them up to see if they are unnecessary or even malicious.
Run Anti-Virus and -Spyware Programs
I’m astounded by the tremendous amount of people who ignore this type of software until it’s too late. If you don’t have a proper virus and spyware protection, simply surfing the web could infect your computer with malware that can slow down the computer.
You should also check your Firewall settings while you’re at it. Activate it if it’s not already active.
Scan Your Registry
Depending on how old the installation of your operating system is or how much you use it, chances are your Windows registry is corrupted. Simply use one of the popular free scans to see if there is anything that could be done.