You know if your computer is running slow because you’re frustrated that it takes forty five seconds instead of ten to open that Word document.
Other than frustration and the safety of your computer, why should you care about computer slowness?
For businesses, slow computers can result in at lest one hour of lost productivity per employe per day. In some cases, the first ten minutes of your day can be waisted just waiting for your computer to load (Source: Quantisoft Survey).
As a side note, those statistics don’t account for the time that is waisted Googling trying to figure out what’s wrong, or contacting your tech support and waiting hours or days for them to get to it.
The 3 Most Common Causes for Slow Computers
1. Failing Hard Drives
When your hard drive starts to fail, other than slowness, you may notice a loud noise, like when a CD player is trying to read a scratched disc (do you remember those days?). Your computer might also freeze and/or crash more frequently. Files may no longer be accessible and when trying to open them you may receive a message that says the file is corrupted.
Although some of these indicators might be obvious, the last thing you want to happen is your drive fail and lose all your data. Additionally, hard drives can be expensive, so just replacing it without that certainty isn’t the best approach either.
Action Step: To be sure, our techs can run a simple test to determine if your hard drive is failing.
Because viruses, when undetected and untreated, can duplicate, as these viruses are running their individual task every time you’re using your computer you’ll notice your computer slowing down. The more viruses you have, the more space on your hard drive and memory being used and the more work your operating system as to do to accommodated this data.
Action Step: You can use a free software program like Avast to scan, locate, and remove these viruses.
3. Temp Files
Temp or temporary files are “created to temporarily contain information while a new file is being made.” What? Exactly! Let me try to explain with an example.
When you create a new Word doc, or Excel file, a temp file is automatically created to allow for any necessary editing of that document. Another instance in which your computer creates a temp file is when you print a document. The content of that doc is sent to a temp file and printed from that temp file. Once you close a program such as Word, or complete a print job, these temp files should be automatically deleted, however, in some cases this function fails and these temp files start to add up, consuming a lot of memory.
Action Step: You can Google, “how to remove temp files” and quickly find directions on how to delete these files from your computer.
Although, with some time and effort, you could resolve this slowness issue on your own, this is something the techs at Sunstate Tech can help resolve in a matter of minutes, getting you back on task and at the speeds we all demand from our computers.
Give us a call or send an email to get assistance with your computer slowness today!