One of the most common computer issues, especially in older systems, is your system may suddenly or progressively become sluggish. There are several underlying problems that might be the culprit.
Viruses can significantly slow-up your computer, and the problem might be obvious. Some obvious indications something is wrong with your computer are seeing strange pop-ups that are impossible to escape. A virus can also prevent you from finding a way to shut down the system. Sometimes viruses and other malicious software are more subtle. For example, key-loggers may inconspicuously work in the background and steal your personal information, such as passwords and other log-in information. Since malicious software can make it impossible to download virus protection or run existing virus protection software, it is best to take your computer in for repair.
The more you use your computer, the more software programs and other files use up resources. One clue this might be the issue is when you first boot-up your computer and everything is working normally, but as you continue to perform different tasks, your system may gradually start slowing. Adding memory to your system can help you determine whether inadequate memory is the problem. You can check reputable manufacturers to determine what memory stick is compatible with your system. Ideally, you should install as much additional memory as you can afford. Usually, there is information in your owner's manual to help you find the memory bay and learn to install the stick.
There are some reasons to be apprehensive about adding memory. Sometimes, the screws are difficult to remove, and if you keep trying, you risk damaging the screw and making it impossible to remove. Additionally, you need to discharge any static before you open the computer, otherwise, you risk damaging the system and creating more problems.
Sometimes, a sluggish computer is a matter of pushing your system to do what it cannot do. For example, an entry-level laptop probably cannot handle the fast-paced, graphic-intense work of gaming. Just adding memory in this situation would not be sufficient because there are several components that need to be optimal to support gaming. Another issue might be whether you have sufficient storage on your computer to support games, or whether your computer can retrieve data fast enough to keep up with the game. Other components that need to be upgraded include graphics cards. In this situation, it is usually better to buy another system or build one from scratch. Building your own system ensures you have the right components to meet your needs.
Having a sluggish computer can be caused by any number of problems. When in doubt, the most efficient strategy is to take your system in for diagnosis and repair. For more information about computer repair, contact a local professional.