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Video:5 Things That Slow Down Your PC

with Dimitri LaBarge

Want to learn about the top 5 things that slow down your PC? Here, see helpful information so you can prevent a slow down.See Transcript

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Transcript:5 Things That Slow Down Your PC

Hi, this is Dimitri LaBarge for About.com, and today we're going to talk about 5 things that slow down your PC.

Information About Things That Slow Down Your PC

While there are a lot of things that can slow down your PC, they generally tend to fall into a few simple categories. Here are five things that contribute to that slowdown.

Top 5 Things That Slow Down Your PC

First of all, a lot of time, you're running on hardware that's simply not powerful enough to handle the software you're running. That computer you bought a few years ago might not be up to handling this year's software. Make sure you're meeting the recommended specs of anything you're running.

More Things That Slow Down Your PC

If you're one of those people who likes to put everything right on the desktop where you can get to it quickly? Maybe rethink that. Everything you put on the desktop is one less bit of computing power your computer has at its disposal. Keep it tidy and keep it fast.

Get an antivirus program - preferably one that can scan for adware and spyware - and do a scan of your entire system. This is one of the most common and annoying problems that can really gum up the works, stealing resources from programs that need the power - even bringing your system to a standstill in some cases.

Other Things That Slow Down Your PC

Do you have a lot of installed programs? Do you NEED them all? Go through your uninstall function and see if you can get rid of any of them. Even if you're not using them, usually, they're still hooked right into Windows and taking up resources. Make sure you have your original software just in case you need to reinstall.

If your computer is taking forever to launch, look in your startup folder and see if you have a ton of things launching when you boot up Windows. Startup programs all compete for resources at the same time and can slow your system to a crawl.

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