There are few things more frustrating that sitting down at your desk to get some work done only to find your computer is running slowly. Luckily, there are several things you can do to get your computer moving at a faster pace. Better yet, you don’t have to be a tech wiz for these! Here are seven things to try if you have a slow computer:

1. Close Background Programs

See if you any applications open on your taskbar (Windows) or doc (Apple) that you are not currently using, close and quit out of them. We’ve all forgotten to close a program after we are done. Additionally, many computers automatically open programs at start-up.

2. Delete Unused Programs

After you’ve closed applications you aren’t using, go through your program list and uninstall programs you never use. Programs can build up over time. Chances are you have a few you don’t need that will free up some space and make your computer run more efficiently.

3. Restart Your Device

If it sounds simple that’s because it is! If you haven’t restarted your computer recently, save your work and restart. Either navigate to the start button and select “restart” or do a hard restart by holding the power button down for a few seconds. Sometimes a little refresh is all your device needs!

4. Scan For Viruses and Malware

Run a lightweight antivirus and anti-malware program to identify any malicious software, then remove suggested programs. These programs may overwork your CPU and hard drive, causing it to run more slowly. (Don’t forget to empty your recycle bin!)

5. Consider Replacing Your Hard Drive

Evaluate the health of your hard drive. A dying hard drive can slow down your computer’s functionality and eventually lead to irreversible failure. You may also consider installing a new solid-state hard drive. May older computers come with a hard disk drive that is made up of several moving parts. These moving parts can take a while to get started and slow down your computer’s functionality. Replacing your hard drive with a solid-state version is simple to do and more cost effective than purchasing a new machine.

6. Update Your Operating System

Check to see if there is a more recent operating system available for your device. If so, check compatibility, and consider purchasing or downloading the new system.

7. Call Trusted IT Professionals

Finally, if you’re finding it difficult to troubleshoot your computer’s issues on your own, call our on-demand tech support line at 1.800.978.4501 for 24/7, personalized support. At ATS digital, we have the ability to help solve your device questions both remotely and in person. Give us a call today!

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