The Things Killing Your PC
Your computer is slowly dying, throttled by malware, bloatware, old components and dirt. But it doesn’t have to be that way: our guide shows you how to reverse the ageing process and make your PC run like new again
No matter how advanced computers get, there’s one inevitability: they all get slower over time. When the issues build up, a slow PC can be infuriating to use and, in the worst cases we’ve seen, even cause the computer to be abandoned.
In most cases, the slowdown is not because of old hardware not being able to cope, but rather the cumulative effect of lots of minor things going wrong. These can be as simple as old software taking up resources on startup or dust building up inside the case, making your computer hotter and thus causing the CPU to slow down to protect itself, to hidden malware running rampant.
The good news is that all these problems can be fixed. So, before you decide your old computer has had it and it’s time to upgrade, you should follow our instructions over the next 10 pages as we show you how to reinvigorate your PC.
Our in-depth step-by-step instructions will help you identify and fix the 21 most common culprits for a slow computer, and many of the not-so-common ones, too. You should think of this feature as a regular maintenance guide: repeat the steps every few months and you’ll ensure that your computer always stays in tip-top condition.
Even if it is time to make a new purchase, these instructions should still prove invaluable, as you can give your old computer a massive tweak to make it usable for someone else; perhaps it can go to a family member or even be donated to charity.