Why is my
computer so slow?
A Guide to Speed Up Your Slow PC
Hello, my name is Ted
and I've been developing Windows software for over 18 years. It
comes as no surprise that friends and family are always asking
the same questions:
is my computer so slow?"
"How Do I Speed Up My Slow PC?"
What do I tell them? The
same thing I'll tell you:
PC performance is most commonly the result
of all the spyware, adware and other junk that's made
it's way onto your PC over the course of
A common misconception
is that by installing anti-virus software on your machine you
are doing everything that is required in order to protect your
computer. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, most machines
come loaded with applications that may contain adware and/or
spyware right from the manufacturer; although in more recent
years this practice seems to be have been curbed somewhat.
Additionally, a lot of so called "free" software on the
internet actually contains malware that may be more harmful to
your PC than you are aware of. This can include such things are
free online games, torent clients and multimedia
There are many reasons why your PC might be
slow, such as insufficient memory or lack of processor power,
but the majority of problems can be traced back to software or
your Windows operating system.
You have a number of options to choose from,
and it's important to weight these options, so be sure and
obtain information from a number of different sources such as
so take your time and be sure you understand what your options
are. Oh, and now would be a good time to bookmark this page so you can
find it later.
The first thing to do is
determine what kind of PC you have. If your PC is fairly
less than 4 or 5 years
is running Windows XP or
has at least 512MB of
memory (1 gigabyte would be even
...chances are the
computer hardware itself is likely NOT the
problem. If you're unsure whether your PC
qualifies, here's a quick and easy way to
tell what you type of PC you have.
So what's next? Simply
put, it's time to click below and grab a copy of my
I'd like to also strongly recommend that in
edition, you read the section below on Internet
Security, where I discuss topics such as internet
security, spyware / adware removal software, and most
importantly, using anti virus software that isn't a memory
hog or bloatware.
Troubleshooting Tips For Older
Okay, so maybe your PC
isn't the latest and greatest. That's okay. It doesn't mean
it's useless, you can always turn it into a fishtank (just
So your PC isn't the newest thing out there,
that's okay, provided you understand some of the common
roadblocks that you might be facing.
I've put together a list of 7 possible
causes for a slow PC, and I would highly recommend that you
read through them in an effort to come to a decision whether
your PC still has what it takes, or if it's time to consider
upgrading or possibly even buying a new machine.
If you're confident that your
machine is not the issue, then it's time to look at
Windows as the cause. You can now jump to the
section on Windows Speed
up Tips above and obtain the tools necessary
to speed up windows.
Keep Your PC Fast:
Why Internet Security is Important
If you want your PC to remain in tip top
shape, you definately should consider protecting it from
intruders. You'd be amazed at just how many systems are
trying to access your machine at any one time.
There are a number of things you can do to
protect your PC, so I hope you'll spend some time reading
each of the following sections:
I am quite confident that by using the above
tools and techniques, that you'll be able to speed up your
PC to your complete satisfaction.
And please be sure and send me your feedback so I know which of the
information included here has been helpful, and also let me
know how I can improve it or what I can add to make things
easier for you.