What causes a computer to slow down?
One of the most common reasons for a slow computer are programs running in the background. Remove or disable any TSRs and startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots. Tip: To see what programs are running in the background and how much memory and CPU they are using, open Task Manager.
Malware can use up your laptop's CPU resources and slow down your laptop's performance. Click the Start button, type “msconfig” and press the “Enter” key to launch the System Configuration screen. Navigate to the “Start Up” tab and remove the check in the box next to every item you don't need running on your laptop.
- Internet Explorer Browser
- Click on the small gear icon in the browser's upper-right corner, in IE's Desktop Mode. Hover your mouse over the Safety option and, in the menu that appears, select Delete Browsing History.
- Select the “Temporary Internet files and websites files” option (also known as the cache).
- System Configuration Utility (Windows 7)
- Press Win-r . In the "Open:" field, type msconfig and press Enter .
- Click the Startup tab.
- Uncheck the items you do not want to launch on startup. Note:
- When you have finished making your selections, click OK.
- In the box that appears, click Restart to restart your computer.
- These extras bog down the computer, and, in fact, do more harm than good. Acrotray.exe, a part of the Adobe Acrobat program, is one such unnecessary process that many users seek to disable because it is a resource hog. Luckily, disabling it is easy and will not affect Acrobat's functionality.
Updated: 7th December 2019