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

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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.

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