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- Aug 28, 2011
First step: a clean. Virus clean using Malwarebytes, then running CCleaner, including a free space wipe. Then, defragment the hard drive.How do you do this?
This is sufficient for most cases. Now you can do this with Mac computers, but back when I used to do it, the software wasn't available for em. I also didn't know nearly as many people working with them. They simply weren't as common then.
If a clean isn't sufficient, the second step is checking the actual hardware for problems. I just run Task Manager to see how fast the CPU, RAM and hard drive are running. If the RAM is constantly at 80% or higher, I'll replace it or put more in it. RAM is cheap.
The hard drive is sometimes a problem, but not nearly as common. If I have to replace the hard drive, I have to back up all data... but usually, I'll do a fresh OS install beforehand to check and see if it's the problem.
Most other problems, I'll recommend replacing the machine depending on how cheap it is. I have a $500 HP computer and if it crapped out on me, I'd replace it ASAP because it's really not a big deal. Otherwise, I'd do more troubleshooting to see where the problem may lie. But this covers like 99% of 'slow computer' problems out there anyway.
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