a computer nowadays? The answer could be yes because that
might be the machine you’re using to read this post. So, without
doing any useless talk, let’s come to the point. What is the
reason you think our computers or any other hardware run into
problems? It could be one or many.
Other than the obvious and inevitable ones like aging,
unexpected power surge, hardware failure, people not taking
good care of their computer can be a topic of utmost concern.
It can reduce the life expectancy of your machine and make it
slower by the day.
Why your computer hates you? Why is it so
So, if you’re among the careless ones and do one or many things
mentioned below, your slow computer would most likely hate you
if it were a person.
1. You deprive your PC of software updates and security patches
If you want to know the answer to the question “Why is my
computer so slow?”, Chances are high you may find it on the
software update screen. You might realize that tons of software
updates and bug fixes are pending.
Software updates are important; your vendor might have done
changes and updates to improve the machine’s overall
So, not letting your computer update regularly would deprive it
of new features, as well as, security patches for the latest
bugs discovered now and then. And you should also keep the
virus definitions of your antivirus software up to date.
The same goes for other software you’re using on your
computer. Problems related to a particular app can affect the
overall performance of your system.
2. You don’t care if there is dust and filth are all over your
I can recall days in college, my roommate’s computer had layers
of dust deposit, and he didn’t even take the pain to wipe it
once in months.
If you want to prevent your computer from dying a premature
death, keep in mind, dust and electronics don’t go along, ever.
It shouldn’t be a thing that you have to wash your hands after
using your computer.
Dust deposit also occurs inside a computer around the cooling
fan, thus, trapping the outbound heat from the components
within the body itself. Eventually, the internal hardware wears
out faster than it should, and it is a reason for a slow
computer over time. So, you need to keep your computer neat and
tidy if you want it to last for a few years. Don’t forget to
read our article on
how to prevent your computer from overheating.
3. You don’t think before downloading stuff
Don’t be that person who just fills their computer with things
he doesn’t even know what they do or if they’re needed. It’s
also the case that people don’t pay attention while downloading
or installing software and end up getting adware and other
These free tools can be bad for your computer and might open
gates for malware invasion. That’s how ransomware sneaks into
people’s computer. Becuase they click any random link and the
rest happens in the background. Consider using some anti ransomware tools if you
think some ransomware might land on your computer.
4. You’ve stored digital garbage on your hard drive
Now, filling your hard drive with data won’t cost anything to
you nor me. It’s your hard drive, and you can do whatever you
want. But doing the same on a regular basis might upset your
computer, especially, if most of the data is
absolute garbage. Like, the photos of your childhood crush
that are still lying in that hidden folder, or the videos in
the study folder you have already watched.
In the case of Windows, features like System Restore and
Hibernate require some space on your hard drive to store
related data. Moreover, keeping unnecessary things on your hard
drive increases work for the antivirus software and the
defragger, as they have to
handle more files while scanning.
Filling the hard drive up to the brim can have its
disadvantages. Your PC needs some space vacant to work
efficiently. The recommended amount of free space you should
leave is between 10 to 15%, if you can manage more, it would be
Here is how you can free up around 20GB of hard drive space in
Windows 10. To get more space, you should regularly clean
the recycle bin and temporary files.
5. You load tons of programs during startup
Another answer to “Why is my computer so slow?” is that
you allow too many applications to load on startup. Not to
mention, most of them are installed by the OEM. Your PC will
definitely hate you if you’re lazy enough to disable the
Slow computer fix: disable startup programs
In Microsoft Windows 10, you can disable startup program by
visiting Task Manager > Startup. Click the desired
application in the list and click Disable. Similarly, you can
prevent apps from loading at startup on your other operating
systems like MacOS, and Linux distros. Similarly, you can read
various other tips and tricks to make your Windows PC faster and improve
6. You never shutdown or restart your computer
Many people are often confused if they should keep their PC
running forever, properly Shutdown after every use, or at
least, Restart it once in a while. You can clear your confusion
by reading our detailed post on whether you should restart your PC or not.
A system restart clears your computer’s RAM and shuts down all
the processes. It helps the system get a fresh start after
incidents of freezing or software crash, and solve problems
like RAM leakage, or broken installations. So, use this slow
computer fix and reduce your worries.
Read our complete guide explaining the difference
between Fast Startup, Hybrid Sleep,
Hibernate, Sleep, Shutdown
7. You never fix issues on your computer
Now, some apps or malware has been messing around with your
system for a while, and you don’t seem to care much because all
you believe is Netflix and chill, and Facebook. As a response,
your angry computer slows down to the level that one day you
can’t use it. Then you’ll be left with two choices: fix what’s
broken or get a new machine.
Software related problems can be easily fixed. Like you can
repair your hard drive using various tools mentioned in this post. For
Windows, various common issues include the 100% disk usage, high RAM and CPU usage due to the ntoskrnl.exe process, etc.
You shouldn’t forget the hardware part. A faulty RAM chip or a
hard drive going rogue can cause problems for your computer. It
would make the computer lag and crash more often. So, consider
replacing malfunctioning hardware as soon as possible.
8. You connect to unknown WiFi networks
Everything that’s labeled “free” isn’t always good. Things are
similar in case of WiFi. If you find open WiFi networks at public
cafes, airports, parks, don’t immediately rush to connect to
the network and soak some internet out of it. And here I am not
talking about the WiFi networks other than ones authorities
have deployed as a part of customer service.
The free WiFi network could be bait set up by some attacker
trying to get access to people’s computer using different WiFi hacking apps to steal information
and install malicious stuff including ransomware.
Moreover, you should turn off the Bluetooth radio on your
computer. It’s also equally vulnerable as tons of attack
vectors take advantage of Bluetooth.
9. Your computer’s security isn’t tight enough
Do you use the most famous password, 123456? Then you’re very
well putting your innocent PC which thinks it’s
password-protected at risk.
For various password cracking tools,
guessing your so-called strong password is like a child’s play.
Here are some tips sourced from experts that can help you create hard to crack
passwords. If you are running Microsoft Windows, you can
try these alternative sign-in options instead of typing a
10. You’re running your daddy’s operating system
Even though I still have a soft corner for Windows XP, I won’t
prefer the deceased veteran over Windows 10. Apart from the
feature updates offered by the new versions, new operating
system versions also enhance the security by fixing bugs
discovered in the past. And since the new OS versions are the
part of their developers’ mainstream support, new bugs are
fixed first for them.
The story is similar in the case of other operating systems, be
it the macOS or some Linux distribution. Even your beloved old
OS would want you to be a part of the evolution and switch to a
So, these were some reason I think might slow down your
computer, and your digital friend might stop loving you if you
don’t change your habits. If you have something to add, you can
drop your suggestion in the comments.