Is your computer constantly running slow? Does it frequently freeze up, crash, and take forever to open files? If so, there could be several reasons for its sluggish performance. Below is a list of the most common reasons for slow computer syndrome:
Spyware. While they are not quite as dangerous as viruses, spyware programs track and transmit your personal information and web surfing habits to advertisers without your direct consent or permission. These programs take up memory and often cause slow performance and system crashes.
Low Memory. PC Magazine says that adding memory is, “The quickest, easiest, cheapest upgrade.” Adding memory can be one of the easiest ways to significantly increase the speed of a computer.
Unnecessary Programs. Many PCs come with programs automatically installed to run at start up. Over time, these programs (along with all the other programs you install) can significantly slow down your computer. They are often running in the background, but are never used. Removing them will speed up your computer quite a bit.
File Fragmentation. Over time, the files on your hard drive get broken into pieces when saved, which causes your operating system to take more time to find, open, and update files. To defrag your hard drive with Windows XP, go to: Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.