Hoping to accomplish some quick tasks with a slow PC can be one of the most annoying experiences a computer user will ever have to face in a lifetime. But somehow it is something that is bound to happen.
Whether the slowness of your PC has to do with continuous freezing when you least expect it, or it’s taking close a zillion years to complete booting, there are a couple DIY stuffs you could do to restore your PC performance asides turning yourself into the nightmare of your customer service operators.
Here are steps you could take to optimize your PC performance; all will be centred around one or two tweaks on your task manager.
For anyone who is unfamiliar about what this app does, task manager gives you a comprehensive description of what is going in your system. From the number of apps using up the processor at a point in time to the memory space that is being used by such apps, and a host of other relevant information.
You can launch your task manager via some pretty straightforward ways such as using shortcut key combinations (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) or right-clicking the taskbar, followed by selecting task manager in the available options.
After first glance, you wouldn’t see much on the task manager default view. The default view only displays applications that are running at that point in time. Therefore, to see more information you need to click the ‘More details’.
The list can be basically separated into background and apps processes. When you are looking at the list, it keeps updating and refreshing itself with time. It is best that you let your task manager run for some time while you observe. Watch out for applications that will rise to the list’ top and then disappear from the list. Also be on the lookout for processes that occupy the list’ top with high CPU or memory use.
If you suspect an app or process is responsible for slowing down your PC, you could click on that item and click on End Task.
Reasons for Slow PC
There are certain names that can never be bypassed whenever you want to mention services or apps that are good at slowing down most PCs. Highlighted below are a couple of stuffs to think about.
Antiviruses are fond of being seen at the top of the task manager after your computer begins to perform below its optimal level. Using your antivirus to scan for malware and viruses utilizes a lot of system resources, which makes it a huge culprit in slowing down your PC.
The solution to this is by scheduling your scans as against having it scan your PC whenever it wants. You could schedule your scans to run at night or when you are less busy.
More Than The Required Start up Apps
If your computer takes much longer than expected to boot, then the chances are that your system is having too many applications running at start up. You don’t need to leave it like that. You can choose the apps as well as services that run on start up.
To do that, open your task manager and click on the Startup tab. Run through the applications and disabling any app that you will necessarily not need on start up.
It is certain that you can only enjoy your system the way you want it when you know how to ensure the processor is never over-stretched at any given point in time. Fortunately, you can take any of the above steps to make this happen.