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If your computer is loading slowly, it’s likely a sign of a more serious problem that needs to be addressed. There are a few possible reasons as to why your computer could be slow. Below are some of the causes, what you can do to fix these problems and what you can do to prevent them. 

Low RAM

The most common reason for slow loading speed is low RAM. Your computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory) is essentially its short-term memory – temporary files are stored here when you turn on your computer and are deleted when you shut it down. 

Restarting your computer can be a simple way to free up RAM – if your computer is slow and you haven’t shut it down for a while, this could be the simple solution. You should also try to avoid running too many programs at once. Make sure that there aren’t too many programs that open automatically when you start your computer, and disable unnecessary programs running in the background, as this can all use up unnecessary RAM.

Insufficient disk space

A lack of disk space could also be the culprit. Computer hard-drives can only contain so many gigabytes of permanent files. Once all this space is used up, your computer may start trying to use RAM as permanent memory space, which will slow down your computer.

You may suddenly find yourself with not enough space if you’ve downloaded large software or even a new operating system. Big files like videos can also take up a lot of space. Check how much disk space you have – if it’s nearly full, it could be worth decluttering your computer. Make sure to also run regular defrags on your hard drive (most modern computers automatically do this). 

A virus

If your computer is suddenly running slowly, it could be due to a virus. You should look out for other telltale signs such as unusual pop-ups, unusual error messages, unfamiliar program icons or stranger browser redirects/toolbars.

You can usually avoid viruses by having good security software installed and by not clicking on websites or emails that are not trusted. Make sure that unsupported software is also updated or removed. Check out this post for more tips on online safety to avoid viruses. It’s often best to call up an IT technician if you suspect you have a virus on your computer so that it can be removed safely.

Software bugs

Software can sometimes encounter bugs that can cause it to run slowly. Such software may be corrupted or in need of an update.

Most modern programs automatically install updates, although you typically have to restart your computer to install these updates. Check that automatic updates are turned on and consider restarting your computer. If a specific program is playing up and does not fix itself after restarting, consider reinstalling it.

Hard-drive wear and tear

Over time, hard drives can become damaged by heat, dust and regular usage. This can cause hard drives to eventually slow down and fail completely.

Most hard drives last three to five years. Avoiding overheating and power surges can prolong the life of your hard drive. Replacing a hard drive is possible, but quite often the best solution is to get a new device as other parts could be getting worn too.

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