We all know this and yet, no matter how hard we try, we can seldom escape this.
Well, we are referring to slow PC issues that can completely paralyze our personal and professional lives; these issues can be deadlier than they appear to be. iYogi conducted an online survey of people seeking tech support to find how a slow running computer ruined their lives. With reference to real life experiences of users, we have tried to describe why a computer may run slow. Besides identifying the issues, we have also offered tips from our experts on fixing slow computers. Follow these tips to turn your PC into a speedster.
Are you ready to Kill Slow?
"Hi! This is James Smith from N.Y. I am a college student and I have to frequently use my laptop for chemistry research work. When I start my computer, it gets stuck at the Welcome screen. My slow computer just refuses to start. My Dad says I am impatient, but 10-15 minutes to boot is damn slow start up and is affecting my studies. Sometimes after my computer starts, it does not let me log in to my account and shows me as a guest instead of displaying my username. My slow computer is driving me crazy. I think now I will have to research the topic of slow computer repair."
Impatient? James really has some patience in him to deal with a computer that takes 15 minutes to boot up! We are not living in an era of the Flintstones and definitely deserve better than 15 minutes of boot up time. This is the age of high-speed supercomputers. If a computer is running slow, it needs to be repaired at the earliest. Slow start up is a common problem and can occur due to factors such as unnecessary programs loading as the computer boots, presence of malware and junk files, disk fragmentation, etc. To speed up slow computer start up, disable applications from loading automatically that are not required for booting. Virus removal, deletion of obsolete files, and disk defragmentation are other solutions to tackle a slow computer issue.
PC Tune Up, a free utility, can be used to diagnose a PC that is running slow. It scans the various components of a PC and suggests actions that need to be taken to repair a slow computer. To speed up slow computer start up, PC Tune Up offers features such as Junk File Cleanup, Registry Check, and Memory Check. Junk File Cleanup identifies and removes junk files from a system. Through Registry Check, PC Tune Up fixes registry errors that could have been causing slow computer performance. For the optimization of memory usage, PC Tune Up has the Memory Check feature. It offers information on the amount of system memory being used by various programs.
"It was not a love triangle; rather it was a slow running computer that broke my friendship with David Albertson. One day when I was chatting on my laptop with David, he sent me the message – Can we go for lunch together? I eagerly typed 'Sure !!' on the keyboard, but my answer to David was not sent because the laptop had frozen. On restarting the computer, I found that David had sent me an image of a broken heart in the message box"...... Margaret Clark, a bank executive in New York.
"I had to prepare the financial report for the previous quarter, but my slow computer kept hanging and I was unable to meet the deadline. My boss was angry and cancelled my promotion. I felt like killing my slow PC"......John Miller, an accountant in Washington.
It is sad to learn that people like Margaret and John are suffering due to slow computers. If a computer keeps hanging, it could be due to reasons such as a virus infection, corrupted files or registry, damaged operating system, etc. For slow computer troubleshooting and resolving system freezing issues, the PC can be scanned for viruses. PC Tune Up can check the status of the antivirus, antispyware, or firewall installed on a computer. If the security software is disabled or is not updated, PC Tune Up alerts you about this. PC Tune Up also suggests if the firewall settings need to be changed or if there are Windows updates to be installed. The installation of incompatible drivers or corrupted applications can also lead to slow computer issues. The System Restore feature of PC Tune Up can be used to find whether it is possible to undo any undesirable changes made to a computer by reverting it to a restore point.
"Last weekend I thought of watching the film 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' online on my laptop. While the film was buffering, I was munching the pizza that I had bought on my way home from office. I got anxious when the playback of the movie did not start even after ten minutes. I checked the Internet connection; it was working. Another ten minutes passed and I was still staring at the black screen. There were no signs of the movie playing on my slow computer"...... Allan Brown, a businessman in Florida.
The problem faced by Allan is another example of a slow computer. Slow Internet speed, corrupted files of the browser or the media player, and low memory, can lead to errors in playing videos. PC Tune Up can be used to examine the speed of the Internet connection and optimize it. Viruses can get installed on a computer through online videos. The Browser Check feature of PC Tune Up helps in preventing this by checking the security settings of the web browser.
Thus, you can turn your slow computer into a speedster by troubleshooting various tech issues and using PC Tune Up. The slow computer diagnosis results provided by PC Tune Up can be used by the technicians of iYogi to offer online assistance through a secure remote connection.