Tired of tearing your hair out because of your laptop? Are you still wasting countless hours trying to speed it up, only to get nowhere fast? Well, guess what – It’s your lucky day! With this quick and simple guide, you’ll learn the top 5 reasons why your laptop’s running like a doped out sloth on tranqs!
Not only that – You’ll also learn how to fix these top 5 causes of laptop freezes and slowdowns by the time you reach the end of this guide. No, you don’t need to be a tech expert to do these fixes. These aren’t complicated like the other stuff you’ve read out there. So, what are you waiting for? Jump on in and find out for yourself just how quick and easy it is to optimize your laptop and have it running like its life depended on it!
1. Outdated Hardware – Let’s face it. Your circa 2008 machine just won’t cut it today, especially with the latest video games, advanced productivity tools, stunning Web platforms and server-melting social networks out there.
Okay, okay. Let’s say you’re using the latest makes and models of the best branded laptops in the market this year. It would still be good to check out your hardware and compare it with the requirements of your OS (operating system) along with the software tools, video games and websites that you frequently use.
How can you check your hardware without opening your laptop and reading the tiny labels stamped on its hardware components? Simple. Just download Belark Advisor and run it. This is an IT inventory auditing and asset management software that’s free for personal use in a Windows laptop. If your machine’s running on Mac OSX, then there are also some commercial versions of this software from the same developer.
How can you fix this problem? Well, first thing you need to check is if what’s under the hood of your laptop complies with the hardware requirements of your OS. Then, you should also verify this against the ideal hardware specifications of your favorite software tools, video games and Web applications. If it isn’t, then you don’t have a choice – Either replace those hardware devices with the right ones, or buy a new laptop with the exact hardware components that can match your day-to-day computing activities!
2. Missing Security Patches, Fixes, Updates & Upgrades – Your OS can cause as much freezes and slowdowns as your laptop’s hardware components. Same thing with the firmware of the internal and externally connected devices of your laptop. Also the same thing with your frequently used productivity tools, video games, emulators, Web applications and so on.
How can you know for sure if your OS, firmware and installed applications are missing any of these security patches, updates and fixes? Simple. Use Belark Advisor. That’s all you need to do. You probably have this in your machine in case you followed what was written here earlier!
How can you fix this problem? Simple. When you use Belark Advisor to check your laptop, you’ll get a detailed report. All you need to do next is download the items that have been flagged by Belark Advisor as missing components. Go to the websites of each developer and download the missing components from there. Run Belark Advisor again and repeat the process, until you’re sure that there aren’t any other missing patches and fixes in your laptop!
3. Incorrectly Configured OS & Third Party Software Settings – This is the third most widespread cause of laptop freezes and slowdowns. Even with the right hardware components for the right OS versions and software programs, you’d most likely end up with a slow machine if you haven’t properly configured your OS and software settings.
How do you fix this issue? Well, most OS versions, built-in applications and third party software products have quick and easy configuration panels. And, a lot of these have automatic 1-click options for pre-populated configurations. These are in turn designed for the optimal performance of these OS versions, built-in applications and third party software products. If there isn’t any, then all you need to do is go through the documentation and guides of each software. These are usually bundled with these OS versions and software products.
4. Slow Internet Connectivity – Sometimes, your laptop isn’t causing these freezes and slowdowns. At times when your Internet connection is a bit spotty, you’ll notice that your laptop also tends to slow down, or even freeze in a few instances. That’s mainly due to enabled automatic updating options in your OS and software programs. These are often activated by default in some OS versions, built-in applications and third party software products.
How do you fix this issue? Simple. You can disable unnecessary automatic updates across your OS, built-in applications and third party software programs. Just leave those that are designed to update the security protocols and privacy protection features of your OS and other installed applications. It would also be good to delete Web browser cache and history from time to time. There are third party tools that can do this automatically based on certain intervals or schedules that you can set. And of course, getting a much faster Internet connection will obviously be good.
5. Malware – Yeah, it happens. Your laptop sometimes gets infected by those pesky browser add-ons. These can significantly slow down your Web browser since it redirects you to illegitimate sites, which in turn try to install malicious code into your system. This of course slows down your laptop and can even inject more serious malware items into your system, such as spyware and viruses. If your machine started running very slow fairly recently, then chances are – Your laptop might already be compromised!
How do you fix this issue? Simple. Install a light systems security tool that’s designed with a real time threat scanning and blocking engine. Just make sure you get it from a credible development company. Keep in mind that there are rogue security applications out there on the Internet. You might end up with more serious threats if you don’t watch out!
So, follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to a faster, problem-free laptop! Want to add more tips and advice to this list? Feel free to use the comments box below (that’s what it’s for). It might also be in your best interest to share this with your family and friends – You can help end their frustration with their slow laptops!