How To Troubleshoot A Slow Computer

One of the most common problems with today’s complex computer systems and their operating systems is the amount of glut that results in slow and sluggish performance in such systems. This may be the result of many possible culprits from nefarious hucksters hacking and scamming to software drivers to failing hardware.

This is a living document that will be appended with additional problems and solutions so keep coming back to learn more. That being said, let’s jump right in and begin a discussion on troubleshooting a slow and sluggish computer system.

Why is this happening?

There are many reasons why your computer might be performing slowly, freezing up, or just sluggish. The most common cause of such performance issues is viruses, adware, spyware, or other malware. Most malware impacts your computer’s performance by transmitting sensitive information or unwanted ads, in the background through your Internet connection.

These types of security threats are often caused by inadvertently installing malicious applications like online games or other "free" software. Along with the intended application, the download and installation process may also include unintended software that has nothing to do with the functioning of the intended application. This is usually malware.

Although less likely, security threats may also be introduced to your computer simply by browsing to websites that "sneak in" malware code without your browser detecting it.

What Do I Do?

Never fear! the first thing you should do is to install, run, and maintain a reliable antivirus and security monitoring software product to remove and protect you from unwanted malware.

Although most Windows 10 users have access to Microsoft’s Windows Defender product built into the operating system, I would rather recommend Norton Security, a much more reliable and well-established PC and internet security solution by Symantec.

It’s your choice of course, but you should use something; preferably not one of those so-called "free" products. Remember, there is no such thing as free. All things come with a price and quite often, the price of free software is a backdoor to your system the product will use to monitor your internet traffic and push ads at you. You get what you pay for.