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Why is my HP So Slow?

One question we get pretty often is "why is my HP so slow?". There are many things that can cause any PC, including your HP laptop or desktop, to run slow. The most common causes are registry errors, spyware, a virus, outdated drivers, and hard drive fragmentation.

Below is a full list of things that may be slowing down your laptop or desktop. The higher the item is on the list below, the more likely it is slowing down your HP.

Viruses and Spyware

Another common reason for a slow running HP is a virus or spyware. You can use a free program called Ad-Aware to scan and remove spyware. The process of removing spyware is usually pretty simple.

Next, you should run a virus scan with your current virus protection software. If the scan finds a problem, make sure you remove the problem. If your virus software is unable to remove the threat, you can also use malwarebytes. Malwarebytes has a free version for personal use. It is best to boot into safe mode when using malwarebytes.

Hard Drive Fragmentation

Hard Drive Fragmentation causes your hard drive to run slower and fragmentation will build over time. Windows comes with a free defragmentation tool to fix this problem. You can run the Windows Defrag Tool to make your hard drive run more efficiently. Here is a guide from Microsoft showing you how to defrag your hard drive.

Full Hard Drive

A full hard drive is another common cause of a slow HP PC. You can remove old files, programs, music, videos, etc that you no longer need to help free up some disk space. You can also empty your recycle bin if you haven't done that in awhile. Last, deleting temporary files and folders is another great way to fix a full hard drive issue.

Lack of Memory

If your HP is starting to become a bit dated, then it is quite possible that it could be running low on RAM. Adding memory is easier than you think. You can make sure you get the correct memory by using a memory scanner. Crucial has a good one on their website.

Outdated Drivers

Old or ancient drivers may cause a range of problems, including system crashes and slowness. This may not be the problem, but it never hurts to check. You can Check your PC for outdated drivers with this Free Driver Scan.

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