Why Is My Laptop So Slow Running? Here’s the Fix!

Is your laptop giving sluggish performance? No matter whether it’s new or old, a Mac or Windows laptop, slow performance really annoys!

If you are in search for the ways to improve performance of your laptop by upgrading it with faster RAM and higher storage, or by removing apps which might be slowing it down, such as virus, malware, and even antivirus, you simply want your laptop to give best performance.

Here are some of the performance boosting techniques to add new life to your sluggish laptop or make your laptop actually run faster.

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Get Rid of Malware, Virus and Sluggish Antivirus

Be it spyware, adware, or virus, malware can be the major cause of sluggish performance of your PC. Even though adware, virus, spyware and Trojans have unique elements, we will cover them all. No matter you are using Mac, Windows or Linux; you may need antivirus as your first line of defense.

For Linux and Windows users, active antivirus can scan laptop both manually and automatically (in the background). But running more than one antivirus at a time may lead to unresponsive and slow system. So, it is wise to use only one antivirus at a time and remove another, if you have.

Too Many Apps are Open

Do you really want to run all those apps at the same time? Lots of apps active in the background are the major cause of slow laptop. Each app consumes specific amount of CPU space (by creating temporary files), GPU, and RAM. Though apps in the background may not be seen, they still eat some of the limited resources.

Browser also takes a lot of space. If large number of tabs is open, it will eat up a lot of space. Most browsers use sand boxing to separate each window and tab. So, you may consider each browser window or tab open as if it is an open browser app. So, the key here is to quit apps when you are done and close tabs that are no longer needed. Make it a habit to close unused apps and open only the ones you need to manage laptop’s performance and manage resources.

Keep Windows Up-to-date

Keep your Windows OS up-to-date to avoid slowdowns due to bugs. It can also replace the system files which get corrupt with time. Update your Mac from Mac App Store or click on Windows Update to keep it current. Most apps and systems provide automatic updates. So, you will no longer need to remember to stay current.

Manage Start-up Programs

You should also prevent apps from starting up automatically. You can configure apps so they will start up when you boot your PC automatically. It can save time by not starting up certain apps manually. But we sometimes forget to close them if they are no longer used. So, it’s wise to look at what programs are starting up automatically.

Free Up Your Disk Space

If you don’t have enough free space on your drive, you force your system to work harder at looking for the space required to store temporary files. The system sets small disk space aside for virtual memory so OS can squeeze out extra RAM space by shifting older data from RAM to the hard disk.

When space is full, your system slows down as overhead increases when it attempts to manage such tasks. Make sure the laptop has enough of free space to ease the overhead.

Control Visual Effects

If your new laptop has greatest GPU and CPU, you may not want to cut back on some of the exciting and insane visuals that both Windows and Mac come with. Cut back on some of the visual effects to improve overall performance. This way, GPU and CPU won’t remain busy with useless tasks and help you stay productive.