A slow computer can make you want to pull your hair out. And unfortunately, it can be caused by any number of problems. To get your machine running back at full speed, the first thing you are going to want to do is to discover if the issue is hardware, software or internet related.
Internet Related Problems
A lot of times a slow computer could be slow internet, particularly if the computer “seems” slow while browsing the internet. You can always use a speed test tool to see if the problem is with your internet. If it is, call your internet service provider to troubleshoot the problem or to find out when the issue will be resolved.
Software Related Problems
Sometimes the problem is caused when a single application locks up on you. This can affect the overall performance of your machine. In those cases, closing out of all of your applications one-by-one until the issue resolves itself can do the trick. Once you have closed out of the troubled application, try reopening the application. If the application causes a slow-down again, then you may have to update the application or at-worst, uninstall and reinstall the application.
Hardware Related Problems
The final culprit could be a hardware issue. One of the best things you can do is update or have your computer scheduled to update all of the drivers on your computer. If that still doesn’t work, then a simple restart could fix the problem and clean out any bugs in the memory. If that still doesn’t work you may need to give a tech professional a call. It could be an indication of a deeper problem with the hard drive or some other physical component.