Does your computer slow down after a few hours? Here’s why

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Does your computer slow down after a few hours? Here's what could be happening. (Photo: Getty)
Does your computer slow down after a few hours? Here's what could be happening. (Photo: Getty)

You've likely experienced this yourself — you start working on your computer in the morning, and then a few hours later, your device seems to have slowed to a crawl. Trying to click on a link or download files becomes a type of internet roulette: Will the download take three seconds or 30 minutes? Most days you don’t have time to roll the dice. You want to go where you click — now.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 4 reasons why your computer might slow down after using it for an hour or two.

Reason #1: You're multitasking

Time for some tough love: You don’t need to run your streaming service, teleconference software and web browser while downloading PDFs — all at the same time. Having multiple tabs and open programs running simultaneously could cause your PC to slow down.

“It’s common that applications or background tasks can soak up memory and power,” Richard Roth, founder and CEO of technology solutions firm Progressive Tech, tells Yahoo Life. “Go through apps and close things down, or restart the machine.”

One solution that can help identify why your computer is running slow is a comprehensive system tune-up, like System Mechanic. The software package helps provide real-time performance boosting by allowing users to turn off unnecessary background services with one click. System Mechanic can also help locate resource-draining bloatware and delete temporary files, improving speed when you need it.

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Reason #2: Your PC is running hot

Your operating system can work overtime, causing your hardware to overheat. “As you use your system, it is constantly generating heat,” explains Roth. “The harder you work it, the warmer it gets. Eventually to protect the integrity of the hardware it will throttle down performance. To fix it, close everything down and walk away for a few minutes.”

As your device powers up, pay attention to startup programs that launch. Do you need them all to automatically open? If not, hop over to the control panel and change which apps run on startup.

Reason #3: Your tech is outdated

Nothing lasts forever. That applies to bad haircuts, fresh flowers, and hardware. Experts say that outdated tech could cause your computer to slow down. “If the device is 3-plus years old, there’s a chance that a hardware or software failure/deterioration may be causing problems,” says Roth. “Consider an evaluation at a local independent tech support provider.”

A virus may be causing your computer to slow down after a few hours. (Photo: Getty)
A virus may be causing your computer to slow down after a few hours. (Photo: Getty)

Reason #4: Your computer has a virus

A slow computer can be a sign that your hardware could be compromised. “An infection on your system can be exploited by hackers to send spam emails, use your system's resources to mine digital currency, or attack other systems — all of which can affect the performance of your system,” Roth says. “It can be hard to know if you’ve been infected, as many threats are not detected or remediated by anti-malware software. A factory reset/restore can destroy most malware, but be sure to backup your data first!”

Shop it: System Mechanic, 30-day free trial then $4.99 a month, subscriptions.yahoo.com

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