How are computers so difficult

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We have become so used to our computers that we are incredibly frustrated when they suddenly become sluggish.

Modern computers are designed to run many programs at the same time. However, this added complexity can make it difficult to determine what is causing your computer to perform poorly. Is it the number of programs running or some other problem?

Here are some common reasons why your computer might be running slowly and some things you can do to fix the problem.

Your hard drive is too full

Your computer has either a solid-state drive (SSD) or a conventional hard disk drive (HDD) as internal storage. SSDs are considered superior to HDDs because they are more reliable, use less power, and can access data faster. For this reason, most new computers will be equipped with an SSD rather than an HDD; however, some older (or some inexpensive newer computers) may still have a traditional hard drive. You will wonder why this is important. Well, the hard drive type determines what makes your computer slower.

If your hard drive is already 80% full of data, your PC will likely slow down because there is no longer enough space. In this case, the data is split up and stored in different places on the hard disk. This is known as "fragmentation". The next time you read the data, your computer will have to search harder to find it and put it together in a meaningful way. This process is processor intensive and slows down your computer.

From time to time you may decide to delete files from your computer because you no longer need that file or program. This leaves free space where they were. If you are installing a large new file, your computer may decide to use some of that new file's free space and the rest of the file to take up another space. To better understand this process, think of your hard drive as a library that has run out of space for your books. When the library receives a new book that is also quite thick, the librarian may have difficulty finding a place for it on the bookshelf. The solution is to either remove some books to make space (delete files) or split the book and place those pieces on different shelves. Your computer won't delete files without asking you. Therefore, the second solution is preferable.

Defragmentation is, so to speak, the opposite process and the solution to this problem. Defragmenting your hard drive means reassembling fragmented files into a complete file and storing them as a whole in one place. Defragmenting will also rearrange the remaining free space on the drive into a block. We offer a defragmenter tool with a free version - you can download Defraggler here.

Some programs use too much memory

A common reason your computer slows down is because of resource-intensive programs that consume a large amount of CPU and memory. There may also be programs running in the background that you don't even know are running. Programs might have permission to open at startup, and even if you close the window, they might stay running in the background, consuming resources.

You can determine if you are having problems with programs that are consuming an unusually large percentage of memory and CPU by opening Task Manager. On all versions of Windows 7, 8 and 10 you can open the 'Task Manager' directly by pressing the "CTRL" + "SHIFT" + "ESC" keys on your keyboard. This is known as a hotkey function and it takes you straight to the Task Manager window.

After Task Manager opens, click the CPU, Memory, and Hard Disk headings at the top of the table to filter the programs in descending order based on their usage. If a program is using a lot of memory, you can try closing it from the program interface or by right-clicking the program in Task Manager and selecting End Task.

With CCleaner, you can manage and improve the performance of your computer by being able to quickly see which apps run automatically when you start up. Just download CCleaner and go to Tools> Start. You can turn off the apps that you don't need to run when you start your computer. CCleaner can also uninstall programs for you - even if the Windows applet says otherwise.

Your computer is infected with malware or virus

Malware is software specifically designed to harm your computer or to gather unauthorized information about you. Cyber ​​criminals and hackers develop malware for a number of reasons. For example, keylogger malware allows you to log every keystroke, save it to a file, and send that file to a server controlled by the hacker. Other malware is more obviously destructive, e.g. B. ransomware that locks your files and requires you to pay the hackers money to unblock them.

Perhaps your computer is infected with a virus if you encounter frequent error messages for some unknown reason, or if files that you cannot identify are taking up a lot of disk space. Your computer can become infected in a number of ways, such as by downloading software from untrusted websites or by clicking suspicious email links.

It is strongly recommended to install antivirus software (AV) and to pay attention to data protection in order to identify viruses and protect yourself from further ones. If you're not already running an antivirus, download it now. Both Avast and AVG have prevailed in independent tests and are free to install and use.

You haven't updated your software

You should always make sure that your operating system is running the latest version available. Your computer should prompt you to update as soon as an update is available. However, if for some reason that doesn't happen, you can always download the latest update from Microsoft's website.

If you don't update your computer, it could be vulnerable to viruses, as updates usually provide fixes for known security vulnerabilities. Hackers often rely on exploiting known vulnerabilities and targeting users in the hopes that a good number of them have not updated their systems with the latest security patches.

While keeping the operating system up to date is important, this logic applies to all types of software. You should always make sure that your browser and your antivirus software are always up to date. If you are wondering, "Why is my computer running slowly?" The answer might be that your old software left you vulnerable to cyberattack and you were successfully attacked. CCleaner can make managing updates a lot easier by installing yours Software updated for you in one step.

We recommend using CCleaner if you want to protect your computer and optimize its performance. CCleaner ensures that you can surf the Internet more safely by clearing your browsing history and online trackers, it can remove junk data which takes up valuable space on your hard drive, it can update your software and it helps you to manage your PC like this that it runs optimally. You can download CCleaner here.