What is the reason for slowness of computer?

China
October 12, 2009 9:25am CST
Have you met such a situation that your computer is responding slow or takes a long time to boot? Usually, I have seen that the internet explorer is slow and I have to restart the computer in order for it to be a little more speeder. So, could you give me some tips on how to speed up your computer? Are there some free softwares that can help me clean my computer up? If I have to do a full scan and clean the computer? Thanks for your reply.
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41 responses
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Oct 09
Make sure you clean out your temporary internet files....if you play any games online those files add up and can clog up your computer so it slows down....just one hint!
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@Leixa003 (867)
• Philippines
17 Oct 09
I agree with you. This folder stores all the information you do in the net but if you want to keep some cookies then be careful in deleting them there. I do clean the TEMP folder (for windows) and temporary internet folder (all those pictures you viewed, videos you played and other stuffs from the internet are temporarily stored here). It do have some expiration date (the files in there i mean) but some or many do not have so you have to delete it or you can use the clean-up facility of windows.
@kunizzul (1067)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 09
Hi getbrowser, If you want to know why your computer become slow. There a lot of possibilities that I can tell you. First, it could be your system disc space are almost full. Or, did you have done clean disk and defrag? Or, maybe you can download antivirus to scan your computer. If not you need to remove files or software that recently you download from internet. Because it could be from that source. There also a lot of way to make your computer speed up again. Its just depends on you to choose which way better.
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• Philippines
12 Oct 09
Hi there getbrowser! some of the reasons why slowdown of operation occurs are the following: 1. Your connection is only dial up. Usually if your using a dial up connect if you have notice it, it is usually slower in the beginning. 2. Your computer is crowded. You have lots of file and downloads. Computer operation will improve if you remove some files that aren't neccessary or save some of it in a flash drive or cds for back up. 3. You have less than 512MB of RAM. Insufficient memory to run the program or your computer is running too many programs as the same time is usually causing the slowness of your computer. Remove and clean all the background files running. 4. Your computer has virus, spyware or tojan. To get rid of this you must update your firewall, antvirus or spyware removal programs. I hope these might help you.
@Keola12 (717)
• United States
12 Oct 09
It's more that possible that your computer has viruses. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date. And if you already have your antivirus software up to date, you may want to do a system scan at least once a week. I have McGafee antivirus software, and I do a full system scan a least once a week.
• China
13 Oct 09
Virus? But there are the best anti-virus software running on my computer and I have been scanning it everyday. I believe that it is not for the virus problems.
@Keola12 (717)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hmm. You know there could be some other complication within the computer itself. You know. When I had a problem with my computer earlier this year, at first I thought my computer may have had viruses. But after I did a full system scan with my anti-virus software there was no evidence of viruses. So I then I took my computer down to a place in my local area that specializes in computers and they discovered that the problem was something internal going on with the computer itself, but it was no viruses. See if you can take it to a place that specializes in computers. A lot of times, the place where you originally purchased it from can help with any technical problems. Or you could take it to any other place that specializes in computers and fixing any technical problems of the computers in your local area.
• Malaysia
13 Oct 09
My computer is also very slow. I think it has too many peripherals. There are internal drives and external drives.So that slows down the computer.
• Bahrain
14 Oct 09
O.o I don't really think it has anything to do with it, though...
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
13 Oct 09
Aside from taking a lot of programs off start up and using CC Cleaner like other have already suggested I use a complete ‘care’ system called ‘Advanced System Care’ which has a lot of facilities to give your Pc a good clean out. I find it really good, it cleans, defrags etc. Here is the link: http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html NOT A REFERRAL LINK
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
13 Oct 09
IT IS SUPPOSED TO SAY NOT A REFERRAL LINK! Sorry!!!Typo alert!
• Sri Lanka
5 Apr 14
Just used DuplicateFilesDeleter.It is a simple & safer to use, but very effective tool to locate duplicate files in one or more selected search paths.It scans the files/songs and compares them based on Byte for Byte Comparison, which ensures 100% accuracy.You can then choose to delete the selected duplicate or original files. The program is multi-threaded which enhances the performance immensely & performs scans very quickly.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
10 Jun 10
The reason the computer could be slow is because of lot of temp files in the system.Another reason could be lot of cookies stored in your computer making the web pages load quickly.Another reason could be having programs that you do not use in your computer.Invalid registry entries could also slow down the computer.If the hard disk has lot of fragments, it takes time to search the files and slow down the computer.If all the above problems are eliminated your computer will be running fast again.
@SinfulRose (3529)
• Davao, Philippines
22 Oct 09
Clean up temporary files, Delete items in the Recycle Bin, and manage files in my hard disks so as to not take so much space that it would hang up. Of course there is also the problem with RAM. The higher the memory of the RAM, the better. Of course you should also consider the access time of your computer. Besides, for internet access, I am using Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. It's much faster that way for me...
• India
22 Oct 09
You can use ram cleaner to clean up the ram and registry cleaner to clean the registry ,This software may makes ur computer little bit first.You can also use Easy cleaner to clean the Temporary internet files , cookies and much more like duplicate file.After that if your computer is not so fast you can do one thing that U should FORMAT your computer
@mdmdeg (38)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
try to do a full system scan of your computer. Also remove your temporary internet files. Check also your start up programs. Maybe a lot of start up programs are running which will make it slow upon start up.
@olepmis (843)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Slowness of computer may be due to virus or your computer needs a disk clean up because the files are accumulating too much. There is no free software in cleaning up your computer only anti-virus is free.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
14 Oct 09
I usually frequently go to- tools/ internet options/ delete- tempory internet files, cookies and history. I also save things on CD rather than leaving stuff in documents. All this works well for me. Sometimes i think it depends on the site your at too. That would be the greatest to have a computer that ran at the speed of light.
• Bahrain
14 Oct 09
Internet explorer uses a huge amount of RAM when used, that's why it slows down the computer, and the more processes that are open at the same time the worse. If you don't have much RAM, I advice you to change to a less-demanding browser like firefox. Also, you need to make sure to regularly (like once every week or two) clear up your temporary files to have less clatter, if you're not sure how to do that you can download a software that does, like SpeedUpMyPC or something. And another note, if your hard drive is virtually separated and you have more drives than just C:, you should always save all your files and documents, even installed programs, in those other drives; because the less space in drive C: the slower your computer is going to become. For your booting, the reason the computer becomes slow at startup is because there are too many programs set up to automatically start at startup, which makes it take a long time to finish loading all of these. To change this, you got two options: either change the setting directly from the software to disable it from starting at startup, or you can go to Start - Run and type in "msconfig", in there go to the "Startup" tab and uncheck the processes you don't need at startup, just make sure you don't uncheck things that you don't even know what they are, they might turn out to be essential, only uncheck things that you are 100% sure of what they are and that they're not needed to be started automatically, like "msnmsgr" is obviouly MSN Messenger, which isn't needed to be automated. The less things to have at startup the faster your booting will become. Good Luck
@dekada80 (388)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
from my personal experience, there are several reasons that causes your computer to run slow, first of all is the presence of virus, make sure that you make a complete scan on your computer using internet security antivirus not only the regular anti virus software, second is conduct a disk cleanup on you hardrive, it can be accessed through your harddrive properties, then regularly defrag your harddrive. Another tip is cleanup your startups, run msconfig and uncheck those unnecessary items.
@mejh09 (1)
• United States
13 Oct 09
Do you have too many programs trying to load while your computer is starting? Programs that can be turned off until you use them. These can slow booting down. If it is running slow in general, you may need to run a scan. Or go to start, go to system tools, go to disc clean up. This utility can tell you how much free space you can get by getting rid of unneeded files. But carefully go through them before you deleted them.
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
13 Oct 09
The universal cause of a slow computer is the perception of the user. When you are about to leave for work, and you got 5 minutes to get your email, and type out a reply, suddenly it boots up really really slow. The second biggest cause is adware, spyware, and optional downloads like flashplayer, and other add-ons. The key here, is to not download anything you don't really need. No add-ons, no plug-ins. If you do not need it, do not install it. Also, do not use internet explorer. Try Chrome or Firefox. The reason is, IE has active X controls which can allow web sites to install things, or do things without you knowing. It can even install software you don't want, without you knowing. The trade off is that some web sites may not work with Chrome or Firefox. I'd don't miss them. Lastly, if you have a virus infestation on your computer, I personally have given up on trying to clean them off. If I get a virus, I wipe the whole computer clean, and reinstall everything. If you do that, and computer is still slow, then the problem is you have a slow computer. Nothing short of getting a faster computer will help at that point.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 Oct 09
our tends to get slow after our daughter talks on msn to her friends because it uses a lot of cookies to talk on there i guess, but we delete the cookies after we have talked on the computer and run a virus scan about twice a week.
@derek_a (10902)
13 Oct 09
My computer has often done this, and it is usually because of various donwloads and programs I have installed that open at start-up. This takes up a lot of RAM (memory), so what I did was first of all get an extra 2 gigs of RAM and fit. This made a huge difference, but after a while it started to slow again, because of more programs I had installed. To stop programs running at start-up, I go to Start, select Run, then in the box that pops up I enter - msconfig I then go to the Startup tag and stop take un-select the program I don't want to run at startup. Some, like explorer.exe have to be running so I do a search on a site called, http://www.processlibrary.com for each program I am not sure of and it explains on that site whether I can deselect it without causing problems or not. After I have done this, I give the disc a defrag using a program I bought called Perfect Disk 7. This is far better than the standard Windows defragment program but of course you have to pay for it. My computer is then running like new for a while - until I clutter it up again and it slows down. And then I repeat the above process.. - Derek
@shibakat (27)
• United States
13 Oct 09
If your Internet Explorer is slow, try clearing out your stored webpages and cookies (that's what I do anyway). On the IE page, go to Tools, and then Internet Options, and then Delete Temporary Files, History, and Cookies. This should help some. Also try degragmenting your hard drive. This will move files around in some way to clean up your hard drive. I don't know too much about it, but I know that it works. Check out this link for a how-to: http://windows.about.com/od/maintainandfix/ss/defragment.htm