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Why Do Computers Slow Down Over Time?

If you’ve noticed that your computer has been awfully slow lately, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s very common that as a computer ages, it slows down and loses efficiency. In fact, even a year after purchasing a computer, it will typically act and run slower than it did when it was first purchased. So why does this happen? Well, there are few common reasons.

In most cases, software is the culprit for your slow computer. When you load the endless stream of (unfortunately necessary) updates your computer is constantly nagging you about, each one is giving your computer some additional work to do. Worse, these software changes can also introduce inconsistencies over time. This is particularly true with software that installs start-up components, these components load silently during the computer start up and unnecessarily use up memory and CPU cycles. So, as time passes, and you load more and more updates, you are asking your computer to work harder and harder. This means more of the computer’s energy is being devoted to maintaining its own infrastructure. This means LESS of the computer’s energy is available to devote to the tasks that you are trying to do: Check your email, edit a document, etc.

In some cases viruses and/or malware can also be responsible for the computers slow performance.  This typically produces other symptoms besides general slowness, though.

When your computer becomes noticeably slow there are a couple of options to consider: tune-up or reinstall.

A tune-up will get rid of all the temporary files, mismatched settings, and unnecessary startup items. A tune-up is less time consuming and will preserve the existing software, data and settings. Tune-ups can almost always be
completed in a single hour remote call, easy & fast. Give us a call to arrange a convenient appointment.

A reinstall on the other hand will involve backing up all the data on the computer and then reinstalling the operating system, software, peripherals, etc. This is obviously a more involved and time-consuming process but
in some cases this might be the only viable solution in order to get that new computer performance back.