Why is my computer so slow?

Advice for improving a slow running computer.

A common complaint I hear from customers is that their computer has gotten to be very slow.  There can be many reasons for this.  Some problems are easy to fix, others can be more complicated.

First of all, computer performance is often a matter of perception. If you get accustomed to using a new, high performance computer and then switch to using an older, slower running computer, you will notice the older computer seems extremely slow, compared to the newer, faster computer.  There may not be anything wrong with the old computer, other than the fact that it is old. It seems really slow because you have grown accustomed to using a faster computer.

Often times, when you download software and updates from certain vendors, they will try to slip in extra unnecessary programs, along with the program you actually want. These unwanted programs not only clutter up your computer, but they often tend to slow it down by using up excessive resources.

When you go on the Internet, you may notice that your web browser window has a number of “toolbars” taking up space on your screen and getting in your way. I’ve seen many computers with AOL Toolbar, Google Toolbar, Bing Toolbar, Comcast Toolbar, Yahoo! Toolbar and so on. All these toolbars can slow down your Internet browsing. They can also cause conflicts which will prevent your web browser from operating properly. They may prevent you from accessing web sites, or even cause your computer to crash.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably installed iTunes on your computer, which includes a number of programs that start up when your computer starts up, and run in the background all the time. If you have installed photo software to use with a camera, it may have components that start when your computer starts and run constantly in the background. Having all these programs starting and running in the background will make your computer take longer to start up, and run slower all the time.

If you are comfortable with removing unwanted programs from your computer, you can get a big improvement in performance by doing so. If you want help with this, give us a call!  We can clean up your computer, remove unwanted junk and make it run smoother and faster!

Feel free to call me at 847-989-8768 or email me at Rick@Hogans-Systems.com.


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