How to Fix a Slow Computer and Get it to Run Like New

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One of the most frustrating things in life is a slow computer, but is there a way for you, yourself, to fix a slow computer without having to take it to a shop?

The Dilemma

Every few years, we buy an expensive new PC and love how fast it starts up, runs programs, and loads websites. Inevitably though, it starts to slow down until eventually we are pulling our hair out waiting for it to do routine tasks.

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Why is this?  The answers may actually quite simple, and you don’t even need to be “technical” to understand the causes and solutions.

The good news: It’s usually not the computer hardware that’s the problem. In most cases, the hardware you have is perfectly capable of being restored to its original glory and kept in fast running condition with minimal effort.

Rather, the problem lies with changes that occur to the PC’s software. Check out this great video as a starting point for how to fix things, then check out more suggestions below.

Other Problems – Spyware & Viruses

Spyware and viruses are software programs that are loaded on your computer without your knowledge or permission. They have various purposes, including:

  • Changing the default search engine in your browser
  • Tracking your Web surfing habits and showing you targeted advertising
  • Using your email program to send out spam to other email addresses
  • Stealing your personal information

Most spyware and viruses get onto our computers through files that we download from the Internet or as attachments to emails. They tend to take up a lot of computing power and, as a result, will significantly slow down your computer.

The simple rule of thumb to follow is to never download any free software programs from companies you do not know and trust, especially screensavers, emoticons, and the like. In addition, you should never open any attachment to an email unless you are 100 percent certain you know and trust the sender. Having a good anti-virus/spyware removal software running at all times will also help.

Follow the above advice, and your PC should stay fast and safe.

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