Why does the computer get slower over time?
Right after I got my computer everything seemed really fast, but over time it seems to be slowing down. Why is this?
Other ways to speed up your computer include:
1) Defragmenting (make sure you aren't defragging an SSD though).
2) If you have under ~20% of disk space, uninstall unneeded programs, delete unnecessary files, and empty the recycling bin. A hard drive near capacity takes longer for it to search through data.
3) Update outdated drivers. Newer drivers will likely be better performing (though often may be miniscule at most, or may cause its own problems).
4) For malware scanning, I'd recommend to download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. For general cleaning, CCleaner (proceed with caution and if you modify the registry, make sure to back it up).
You have unknowingly asked the question about the mysteries of life.
In previous generations the answer was ,
"it's faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money".
faster cars, women are a constant as is great whiskey and more powerful computers and more credit.
When you first get a new computer you usually notice the speed increase over the previous one. As time goes by and you get used to it or you use a faster one your perceived speed seems to slow. Driving at 120 mph in a car seems fast till you've driven at 160 mph. As YOU get older, time moves dramatically faster.
There is so many reason to slow down PCs
1) Virus infection or some kid of activity of malware or virus
2) Operating system relate issue : such as PC running with lots of temporary files and large registry
3) Hardware malfunction or source hard drive full with data : could be SSD related fault or RAMs / VRAM, motherboard data bus related ets..
You can speed up the PC using below steps
1) Clean the viruses malware if available with your PC and remember to keep only one antivirus for the system and make sure it running with latest update.
2) Clean the temporary files using disc cleanup wizard and remove unwanted programs if available or you can install fresh os
3) run the disk check function and check whether bad sectors or hard drive issue observed in the system. clean the hardware and slots and try you could get the speed back
While the Aaron's response tells the solution; the answer to the question is manifold. Buddika's answer was quite good.
Here are some other things to think about:
A good article to address this :http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-23868...
In short, The biggest problem I experience is over time when you install/uninstall software there are many "orphaned" files that are left over. I like to use IObit Uninstaller that will search for and remove these fragments that are left over. Like someone posted earlier, programs when they get installed, write information to a database called your "registry". These entries build over time and it takes longer for your computer to scan over all of the entries when it boots.
Second, another bang-for-your-buck item is explained in the article I linked to and that is "startup programs". There are many popular programs that install a startup application on your system meaning everytime your computer run, these programs run in the "background" using up your system memory resources. Among them are iTunes, Adobe products, and many others. Removing many of these programs from your startup will increase your speed and other than anti-virus or backup programs, many of them are not needed and only provide "update capability", however, when you run the program it will check for updates anyway in most cases.
This is a problem with the NTFS file system that windows uses here are your options to fix it.
You can remove malware using malware bytes and remove viruses using clamwin.