Why does my computer keeps freezing up or running very slow?

Why does my computer keeps freezing up?

Computers have become more than unusual machines to most people, as people get used to having computers everywhere around their homes in the bedrooms, living room, even the kitchen, there is also a huge increase in the amount of things floating around the web which are looking to find vulnerable machines that could be easy targets for all their evil needs, there is also the regular computer user that does not use the computer properly or simply within time has the registry keys, registry classes, and registry settings corrupted, also many users after downloading many programs and installing them, don't know that many of these programs keep running even while not been used or opened by the user, causing your system to essentially slow down on continuously.

Main reasons that cause a computer to freeze up or run very slow

There are many specific reasons that cause your computer to keep freezing, crashing and pretty much a lot of your computer problems let’s look at the most common ones:

  • You could have installed many programs and simply don't know that they are still running on the taskbar (taskbar is the bar that contains your clock on the bottom) normally many of these programs start every time you restart your computer.

- TO fix it: You can find an option to exit these programs if you right click on top of them and the go to their "Options" or "Settings" , you will be able to change the settings accordingly to what you want. There is another very good and powerful method to disable many programs you don't want starting when your computer restarts. But you have to be very careful while using this method.

  1. Click on the Windows Logo Button also known as "Start"
  2. Click on Run, once the box opens type in: "msconfig" without quotes.
  3. Click on continue on the window that recently popped up.
  4. Now this next window has 5 tabs, click on the "Startup" tab
  5. Now you see a list of all the start up programs that startup every time your computer restarts.
  6. Scroll down the list simply click to remove the check mark from the items or programs you don't want to start next time when your boot up your computer.
  7. After doing this it should give you an option to restart your computer, if it doesn't restart it anyway. Once your computer loads, you should see a screen that confirms that you changed a few option in the "System Configuration Utility". Be really careful on disabling things that you are not aware of, many of those programs represent network programs that are needed for your network and internet, also audio, video, and user required programs. So be really sure you are not disabling the "Microsoft Corporation" programs.

You should also consider uninstalling programs that you recently installed, so you can try to compare how the performance of your computer goes with removing some of them. Some programs really cause a slow down, especially if they are not compatible with your system configuration.

  • Viruses, malware, malicious codes are one of the most horrible reasons that could cause your computer to run slower and freeze up, specially crash.

To try to fix your computer from these you need follow a few simple basic steps:

-Make sure you have the latest Anti-Virus software running; normally these programs come with additional software that will help protect your computer from malware, spyware and viruses. Sometimes investing in such software is the best option if you have your computer used by less experienced people, kids or if just want to prevent the worst from happening. Check out Norton's latest products page for the best deals on these: http://us.norton.com/index.jsp

A few more tips and ideas

A few more tips and ideas to help you solve the same problems: Why does my computer keep freezing up? Why does my computer keep crashing?

  • Always make sure you know the software you are downloading, making sure that it is a safe and verified piece of software, being recognized by Windows. Always take a look at the originating software website and make sure you trust them.
  • When browsing the internet avoid clicking and downloading programs from popup windows at all times, unless you know exactly what you are downloading.
  • Remove all temporary internet files; clear the catch from the internet leaving it lighter for faster browsing.
  • Always backup your computer data and run the systems tools from your computer such as :

-Disk Cleanup
-Disk Defragmenter

These are both very good and highly recommended tools. When running these tools, it's better recommended to run them on safe mode.

Safe Computer Using

Always have a safe browsing and downloading experience. Keeping your computer protected with the latest anti-virus software is a must!

Remember that the best safety comes from inside, and if you have others that share the same computer, talk with them to help prevent future problems, let them be aware of the things you are trying to avoid and that they should too.

If you have tried the most software related solutions to boost up your computer and nothing worked out as you expected, or you see no performance increases at all, it's most likely that your problems might be related to hardware problems, or your computer needs a complete upgrade, from RAM to HD upgrade, video card upgrade. Make sure you compare your system properties by going to your desktop and clicking with the right mouse button on top of "Computer" or "My Computer" then click on "Properties", you should now see your complete system properties, take those notes down and compare with the newer computer models and updates, if you can afford it, it would be better off buying a brand new computer, but if not, then upgrading the RAM, Hard Drive, and Video Card, are good options you should consider. I have to say that if your computer is really low in speed, memory and other things the best option would be to buy a newer computer. As today all the programs we are constantly using every day, programs we download, internet pages we view and games we play on our computer, are all simply requiring faster and powerful machines, and not taking in consideration the weaker machines, it's just part of the evolution of computers.

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Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

My computer freezes up all the time and by the time I get through with your how to do list, my computer will be out the window on the pavement LOl... I am the only poor soul in my house that does not own a laptop....

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eBuddy 6 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

Lol sorry to hear that, good luck.

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Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

As a matter of fact while trying to read your comment, this ding dong thing froze! I had to reboot and come back to your page to see what your comment was!!!

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eBuddy 6 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

Well if it's in a point that it really keep bothering you, then you seriously need to consider upgrading or getting something a little smoother. Sometime just formatting your system and installing just the needed software, will have your pc running as fast as when it was new. Funny thing I didn't mention this option :p

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Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

Thanks for the tip. I have to go to Office Max today so I will ask some questions about upgrading. Thanks

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eBuddy 6 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

Your quite welcome, always a pleasure.

I hope and know everything is going to work out for you just fine.

Good luck

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Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

So far I am doing okay. I have a man called Dan coming out tomorrow to upgrade, fine tune and fix what ever it is slowing down my computer. I am very excited....

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eBuddy 6 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

Wow, hehe that's really cool, now you got me all curious to know how it all turns out. Don't leave me out of this now please :D lol Let me know how it goes

Good luck ;p

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Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

I will for sure.... I am hoping thst somehow I will get better on the computer and understand it as well.

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jayjay40 5 years ago from Bristol England

Very interesting hub, so well written even I could understand it. Thanks for sharing

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eBuddy 5 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

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Click on the radio button right next to the tittle of this Hub and then Vote :D .

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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Congratulations eBuddy for your Hubnuggets nomination! I see you have already discovered it! LOL Anyhow, as your official Hubnuggets cheerleader, I also invite you to participate in the Hubnuggets forum for this week's nominees! http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/68638#post1499889

Thanks for sharing this comprehensive hub on how to help our computers when it runs very slow. It does that to me sometimes and it can really be frustrating. :)

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chantelg4 5 years ago from Northern Ontario

thanks for the share, didn't realize I had so many programs running on start up, now I will restart to see the difference. thanks again

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Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Hi there, thanks for the tips. And when all else fails reboot...smiles. Congrats on the nomination. Welcome to the HUB.

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eBuddy 5 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

You're right Chantel, we normally never realize the amount of programs we having running until we check. Thanks for the comment! Hope I got your Vote :D

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eBuddy 5 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

Hey Golfgal, Your Welcome! You are right! When all else fails hit that little button :D. I hope I got your vote too! Thanks for the comment! Take care!

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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. Thanks for an informative and helpful hub.


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eBuddy 5 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

Thanks, I always try to write about things that bring benefit to both me and everyone else :D

Thank you so much for the comment Deborah.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is an excellent hub and I see why you were nominated. Thanks for the great information.

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eBuddy 5 years ago from Safely Gaurded Author

Thank you so much for your comment Pamela! I really enjoy writing about computers and I know a lot of people face these simple problems. Hence why so my people wonder around asking Why does my computer keeps freezing up or running very slow? Well like I stated the issues and reasons could be many.

Thank you all for your great comments on this page about why someone's computer keeps freezing or running very slow.

joe 5 years ago

hey...................................................................................................................... there are more many causes why pc is slow you forget the ram that occupies space for all programs,please help how to fix memory because if i turn on pc memtest failes.

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