If your computer is more than five years old, there is a possibility that its age is causing your computer’s slow performance. Computers are always advancing and the capabilities of new software is becoming more sophisticated all the time. New programs and applications will often perform sluggishly on older computers, if they’ll run at all. If your computer is older than five years, then we suggest you to buy a new computer or accept that your computer’s performance will be bogged down. Looking to purchase a new computer, our IT Vendor Management service works with third-party vendors to help you reduce bottom-line expenses and present you Business IT Solutions on the determination of which hardware and software suppliers will work best to suit your needs.
Luckily, there are some things that you can do to improve performance of older machines:
1. Running Too Many Programs at a Time
It is common for users to download Business Applications, utilities, and other programs that run in the background. The more programs that are running (whether you see them or not), the less “attention span” your computer has to do other things which you are asking it to do.
To help your computer free-up some memory, avoid downloading more than one anti-malware program, web browser-helpers, or applications that claim to “speed up” your internet or your computer. Each one added will slow down your performance. It’s a good idea to uninstall programs that you do not use to increase your machine’s processing speed.
A virus is a piece of code, which replicates itself on every background program’s code. Every attempt completed successfully is called ‘infection’. At the beginning, a user won’t usually notice any problems. But as the virus spreads, the computer will become slower and slower. The virus will eat up your computer’s ram, ultimate ending with a blue screen followed by a shutdown, known as the blue screen of death.
3. Enough Free RAM
RAM or “random access memory” is what your computers uses for temporary working and thinking space. The more programs you run at a time, the more RAM is being used. This will make your computer slow. To make your computer run faster, you can either run fewer programs at a time or upgrade its RAM.
4. Trojan Horse
This code presents itself as a semblance of legal software, doing useful things but is secretly working in the background, to the detriment of computer. Its aim is exploiting permissions of the user to attack and infect others. This can be very dangerous.
5. Malware Infection
Internet slow-downs and slow computer operation can be a symptom of an infection. To find out if you have a malware problem, use an antivirus and an antispyware application to find the infection and clear it.
6. Insufficient Hard Drive Space
A lack of hard disk space often affects older computers that are used for video editing or design work. Once the hard disk space is filled up, the computer no longer has the ability to manipulate files. The computer will slow down, eventually becoming unusable.
7. Restart your Computer
Every once in a while, it is a good idea to restart your computer. A computer cannot complete some of its updates until you restart. Restarting your computer can also free up memory resources tied up by buggy programs.
8. Get a static IP address
Another trick for speeding up your computer loading time is to give your computer a static IP address that never changes. When you start up your computer, it spends a decent amount of time asking the network for an IP address. Not only does having a static IP address make the network easier to manage, particularly if you have several devices using the same network, but it also cuts time off your startup.
If your computer is older than five years, then we suggest you to buy a new computer. Our IT Vendor Management service works with third-party vendors to help you reduce bottom-line expenses and present you Business IT Solutions. Our Managed IT Service in Florida ranges from a simple consultation to the more in-depth program of IT Infrastructure Management.