Saturday, April 19, 2008

Why Is My PC Running So Slowly?

Computers have become a tool that few people can live without. A lot of people buy a new computer that runs fast at first, then months later it is running very slow. It isn't the computers fault, it is because you have not maintained it to keep running at it's peak performance level.

There are a number of reasons why a computers start slowing down. To be honest there are so many different things that can affect a computers performance. The average user mostly uses his or her computer for surfing the internet, instant messaging, emailing, pictures and music. If you download music or pictures from the internet, beware, you can get bad stuff imbedded in them that can affect the computer, where are talking about a thing called spyware and adware. There are software programs that can go through your pc with a fine tooth comb and remove this spyware.

Other than software nasties downloading themselves onto your PC, the main registry in the operating system can get itself all tangled up. Think of the registry as the central nervous system of your computer. The registry stores all the different personal changes you make to your computer, as well as more general settings. One of the sure signs that you have registry corruption is sluggish performance by one or more programs loaded on your hard drive.

As well as the operating system, getting in a mess, a slow running PC can be caused by overheating components. A hard drive getting too hot can cause the PC to run erratically; even crash. A way in which you can look at whether your PC is getting to hot is to feel the exhaust air from the case, if this is hot then some better cooling is probably needed, if the air is warm then you are probably ok.

There is a lot that can be done with a PC that seems to have gradually slowed down, a lot of techniques won’t cost the earth. Computers have become such an integral part of the modern life that it is worth taking the time to regularly maintain your PC to keep it running in peak condition.

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