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Is Your Computer So Slow That You Want To
Throw It Out The Window?

Is your computer running as slow as continental drift? 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 and how you can fix it:

• 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. To get rid of spyware, download SpyBot Search & Destroy and run it weekly.

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 startup. 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: Many PCs come with programs automatically installed to run at startup. 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.

If you see little or no improvement in speed and performance after applying the above solutions, you should seek professional help immediately. Slow performance could be a sign of a more serious problem that could result in a system crash, data loss, or both.