5 Common Causes Of Computer Performance Problems
We’ve all been there– sitting at the computer, finishing a paper for school, hours from the deadline, when suddenly, the screen goes blank and the computer crashes! Next comes a whirlwind of emotions–frustration, anger, and for those who don’t know the first thing about how to fix the problem, panic. So when that happens, what next? Rush to the phone and call the company’s technical support, perhaps? Maybe, but most of the time they will ask you to send in your beloved machine so they can check for errors, then charge for this so-called customer service. Sometimes, a family member or close friend will know about computers, yet that requires this person to be available. Wouldn’t it be easier if everyone knew how to deal with performance problems right when they happen? In reality, the reasons that cause a computer to perform inadequately are often universal. In fact, there are five common causes of performance problems.
All About the Memory
Every file and program saved on the computer takes up space. While each computer can hold different amounts of space, all computers have limitations. When a computer is filled with files and programs that amount to more space than it can handle, the performance can dwindle. It can be compared to a person who generally lifts about fifty pounds and attempts to carry seventy-five. When overload is the problem, the solution is quick and easy. Simply free up space on the computer by either deleting unnecessary files and programs or uploading them to another device. A similar problem may be problems with the hardware. This is comparable to the inner workings of a car. Occasionally, a tune-up is required. Purchasing additional Random Access Memory or RAM will help with this.
Spyware, Viruses and More
Just as illnesses can be contracted by people, computers can become ill. One of the more serious causes for performance problems is called Spyware. Spyware is usually introduced to the computer with a popup that offers a free download of an antivirus program. As soon as the person receiving the pop-up clicks to either download or exit out of the pop-up, the Spyware is granted access to the computer. It will then become like a bookworm; eating through the computer’s resources and spying on activity, even collecting data from the user. A similar serious problem is the affliction of a virus. From Trojan Horses to Email viruses, these can potentially be lethal to the computer. If diagnosed at an early stage, an anti-virus program will be able to eliminate the problem. In severe cases, the only solution is a System Recovery, which takes the computer back to its factory settings. Finally, a fifth common cause would be a damaged operating system. This would be made obvious to the user by a blue screen that informs the user of registry errors. Once again, a system recovery would be the solution.
At any rate, users who familiarize with the common causes of performance problems are better suited when problems occur. It doesn’t take a college degree to develop computer common sense. Next time it happens, panic won’t be necessary–the solution is readily available!