So normally your computer runs fine. There are times when it is definitely running slow and then it starts running ok again. Does this sound like a familiar story? There are a lot of times that people come to me with the same problem. One answer doesn’t fit all unfortunately but there are some common answers at least.
Some of the common answers to an intermittently slow computer are:
- Antivirus and antimalware software is running scans
- A component of Windows like the Windows Update Service has gone rogue
- Your Internet Service Provider is having problems
- You need to shutdown or restart your computer
Is Your Antivirus and Antimalware Program Slowing You Down?
Sometimes your antivirus or internet security suite may be slowing your computer down. I know, the one that you have installed isn’t supposed to slow computers down but every computer is different. Every installation is different for that matter.
Taking a look at when your security program is scheduled to scan and what type of scan is a good place to start looking. Many security programs will use a lot of your computer resources to do a full computer scan. This means that your computer’s memory, processor, and hard drive are being used to pay attention on whether there are viruses or threats on your computer.
Most of these programs will allow you to set how often and what time a full scan is performed. Some of the better ones even let you tell it how much of your computer’s abilities to use when doing it. Setting this lower means a longer scan time but a lot faster computer while doing it. If you are using a free antivirus program this may be a setting that is only available to users of the paid version.
Has a Windows Component Gone Rogue
There have been times when a component inside of Windows itself has caused issues. One of the more famous is the Windows Update Service in Windows 7. Some people have had times when their computer was nearly unusable and then other times it would seemingly run fine.
Truth told the Windows Update Service was always causing a problem. Sometimes it was using 60% of your computer’s brain and other times it would spike up to 95% or more. You can see how this would make a big difference when it came time to run programs and makes it feel like your problem is only intermittent. Not to mention some programs need more computer power to run right while others need very little.
The quick fix to the Windows Update Service problem is to just disable the service. Microsoft did come out with a patch that fixed this problem for most people so making sure that all updates have been successfully installed is an important long term fix step. In some cases the component has been corrupted for some reason and needs to be repaired before it will behave even with the update installed.
Everyone Has a Different View Of Computer Speed
Some people think their computer is slow when the words they are typing into a Microsoft Word document are taking a lot longer to show up than it is taking to type them. Definitely a sign that something just isn’t right. For others it is the ability to play a Facebook game or stream videos without buffering.
The typing problem is a sign of a slow computer. The Facebook game and video streaming problem may be a sign of an Internet Provider problem. The computer problem you may be able to fix. The Internet speed problem you may have to wait for your internet provider to fix. Knowing the difference is difficult at times and asking a PC Helper for advice might not be a bad idea.
Sometimes Shutting Down Your Computer is the Answer
Sometimes when your Windows computer isn’t running right something as simple as restarting or shutting down your computer is the answer. There are several reasons why this might happen. Sometimes Windows may have updates that are ready to be installed. Some of these updates especially in Windows 7 have been known to cause issues and even make your Internet not work.
Remember, there is a drastic difference between restarting your computer and shutting your computer all the way down. There are certain Windows updates that only install when your computer is shut all the way down. As annoying as it is it may just be the right answer for you.
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