Personal Computer

Computers are much faster these days…  It just takes longer…

If your computer is taking longer than it used to take to do simple things, you may hSlowPC1ave a problem with software, hardware, firmware, spyware, malware or even Tupperware.  I am just joking about the Tupperware.

Malware – Spyware – Virus
These are type of malicious software that can sneak onto your machine disguised as a valid program.  It will slow your computer to a crawl, present you with fake virus detections and more.  It can monitor your keystrokes as you type and reveal you passwords to ne’er-do-wells in some other country or down the block from you.  Some of these creepy crawlers are down right destructive like viruses.  While most malicious software is created to exploit money from victims, viruses are meant to be show-stoppers.  They are destructive to your computer’s operating system and can bring you to a screeching halt.

Hardware
Peak performance often depends on the age of your computer.  Computer hard drives are a set of spinning metal disks inside of a vacuum sealed container.  These disks are where the data and programs get stored when they are not being used.  Most disks spin at 5400 to 7200 RPM and some are even faster.  Think about how many minutes that hard drive has been spinning in you computer.  Even the best made drives will succumb to age.  When the surface of the disk begins to deteriorate it becomes hard to read and that takes longer.  So it seems to take forever to open that picture of Uncle Fred.
CPUs (The chip which executes all of the operations) can also succumb to age.  These devices get really hot for long periods of time.  After years of this hot, hard exercising they can begin to falter as well.  A telltale sign of a CPU having trouble would be the fan.  It will begin to run more than usual.
Memory is used by the CPU for all of the active operations of the computer.  Reading, writing and arithmetic are all done in memory.  As we all know, the more good memory we have, the better things work.  Who’s picture were we trying to open?

Firmware
These chips identify the basic  components of the hardware.  It is the Basic Input Output System or the BIOS.  The main board of the computer has it and so do some intelligent controller cards like RAID controllers.  It is the basic setup code for the computer.  If yours is old and outdated it could cause problems.  These don’t change nearly as much as other forms of code like Operating Systems and applications but you can have a technician check for updated BIOS code for your machine.  It could help as well.

Tupperware
Tupperware is the container that is used to store all of the unnecessary screws that you have removed while working on the computer.  Sometimes old cables can be found there also.  Tupperware is usually not a big problem until you need the screws to hold the hard drive and you can’t find the Tupperware.  Smilie: :-)

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