Today’s post will continue where our previous post, Why Your PC is Slowing Down, left off. If your PC is losing its quick and spritely ways when it’s still relatively young, you may be able to do something about it. And here’s where you should start.
System Slowdown Savior #1: A Good Anti-Malware Program
When faced with a slow computer, my very first move is to run not one, but two antivirus (AV) programs. I usually start with a fully updated version of whatever is installed on the machine.
If the subscription has stopped, a free trial subscription for Norton or Webroot tops my list, but any well-known antivirus program will do. (If you’re stretching your budget, AVG and Avast have worthy, free anti-malware apps.)
If the program comes back with a problem, I’ll let it handle it, run a second scan, and wait for the result.
If it comes back clean, I run one more scan with Malwarebytes’ free on-demand scanner, just to be sure. If I’m feeling extra-cautious, I may throw in a boot scan as well.