Why Is My Computer Slow Really?

Probably one of the most complained about computer issues or problems depending on how you say it, is that the computer is just to slow. Why a computer is slow really isn’t a one answer fits all type of question. As a matter of fact I worked on a computer just the other day that was intermittently slow to the point that they couldn’t work. After a lot of  tracking the problem was fixed.

That particular computer absolutely positively did not have any viruses, malware, or adware. One of the first suspicions was that the Internet access was slowing down for a few hours during the day. Turns out what was actually going on was Windows itself.

Tracking Down Why The Computer Is Slow

Slow Computer These days it’s almost always assumed that the reason a computer is slow is due to malware. Over 90 Million computers just in the U.S. alone have some type of malware threat on them. Making it a pretty safe assumption, usually.

The problem with that assumption is that it isn’t always the reason that a computer is slow. Not taking a look outside of the malware assumption could mean that a computer doesn’t get fixed or unnecessarily gets a Factory Reset costing the computer owner even more headache and time having to set up their computer the way they need it all over again, and for no reason. That’s not even mentioning the fact that most companies charge a lot more for virus and malware removal than they do for the hour it takes to track down the real problem and fix it.

First Things First…Where Is The Computer Actually Slowing Down?

As I said it is really easy to assume a computer has viruses and malware and immediately start working on cleaning it. I’ve always found it best to actually take a look at what is actually slowing the computer down first. As was the case in the computer mentioned above Windows Update had started using 50% to 100% of the computer’s CPU. This was making it difficult to impossible to use the computer to do anything else. Once the Windows Update problem was fixed the computer started working great again.

The way I tracked this down was by using the “Task Manager”. Windows XP all the way through Windows 10 has a task manager. It looks different in Windows 8 and above but works the same. It can give you the information you need to track down the actual computer problem rather than going with the “It’s probably…” solution.

Windows 10 TaskMan So first things first the Task Manager provides a lot of information for you to use. It will tell you the percentage of processor(CPU) being used, the amount of memory and more. By clicking on the labels (CPU, Memory, etc) you can have the running processes that are using the most resources listed together at the top of the list. This makes it easier to get a picture of the situation you are dealing with.  One word of warning, some processes are cryptic in natures like the “svchost.exe” processes. These are not a sign of a virus they are gateways for different services to access what they need. If there is a problem svchost.exe that is causing the issue there are ways to identify what services are running through each one listed.

Windows 7 TaskmanagerIt’s important to note that the Task Manager doesn’t always show all of the processes that are running by default. Like in this picture of the task manager in Windows 7 it is necessary to tell it to show processes for all users not just you. Once they are all being shown then you will get a much more accurate view of the situation.

If there is an extremely high processor(CPU) usage slowing your computer down then figuring out what process it is and how to either fix it or stop it from running will likely give you a quick fix to get your computer back. Sometimes you get lucky and a simple reboot will take care of the problem but at least now you know for sure where the problem is coming from.

How Does All This Help You and Your Computer

Just by looking at the task manager on your computer you can get a lot of information. The problem making your computer slow may even be an easy fix that you can save money by fixing yourself. In the very least you will be better informed if you decide to get help from a computer repair store or online computer technician. The real moral here is that just because a lot of computers suffer from something, that doesn’t mean that yours is and there are ways to actually track it down.

One of the first things PC Helper 123 does is listen to what you have to say and then takes a thorough look at your computer and what it is doing so all problems are found. Not just a problem that may coincidentally be going on at the same time. Getting your computer fixed and fixed completely is what you are looking for after all.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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