What Makes Computers Slow Down?

It is inevitable that a computer will slow down over time, but the extent to which your computer slows is dependent upon the types of activities that you engage in, the hardware you have installed, and the type of software installed for your particular user experience. New hardware, software, and internet interactions have increasing power and memory requirements that will slow down desktops and laptops as well as Macs and PCs.

Computer Viruses and Malware

If you receive e-mail, engage in social networking or otherwise use your computer to connect to the Internet, you run the risk of infecting your computer with a number of malicious viruses and malware that will slow down your computer. Your best protection against this type of threat to the performance of your computer system is to install antivirus software. Antivirus software does more than detect viruses. The software can detect other types of malware and problems that may be slowing your computer system. Visit this site for a comparison of viable antivirus software to meet your needs.

Operating System Bugs and Aging

Computer operating systems are often times plagued with bugs upon a new a release or bugs may result from operating system upgrades. Often times, bugs in the operating system will cause your computer to slow. As operating systems age and new operating systems are developed, the older systems become old and outdated. File downloads, software installations, web surfing and other normal processing may cause your computer to slow down.

Lack of Ram

You need to have enough random access memory (RAM) to run programs on your computer. If you don’t have enough RAM, your computer will attempt to seek the needed RAM by stealing resources from other tasks that are running on your system. Most software, including the operating system, needs to be updated for performance and security reasons. These types of updates require increasing memory, and they require increasing system resources to monitor themselves for the updates and to complete installation of the updates. This will slow your computer.

Lack of Hard Disk Space

The lack of disk space to accommodate the software and files that you want to store on your computer will cause your computer to slow down. If you download music, videos and other space and memory intensive programs and media, you will slow your computer if you don’t have lots of excess memory to accommodate them. Static Electricity and Power Surges

Carpeting and other fabrics in close proximity to your computer can create static electricity that will cause your computer to slow. Likewise, power surges will slow your computer system.

Hardware Failures

The hardware included with your computer will age and slow overtime. If you have an older model hard disk drive (HDD), for example, your hard drive will consistently spin and it will eventually slow and then die over time. The problem is that the life of a HDD is not predictable. If could last for one month or it could burn itself out after a life of 10 or 15 years. Newer solid state drives (SSD) make use of the flash memory technology that is incorporated in tablets and smartphones, which relies upon processing rather than a spinning arm to transfer and process data.

Article by “Roscoe Crowell” <roscoecrowell@gmail.com>

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