While having any device that you’re using be on the fritz, having your work computer running slow can really cause some serious problems for you. Not only will this test your patience, but it could also cause you to get behind on work and look bad at your job.
So before you call IT and bring in your computer for technical support, here are three things you can try when your work computer is running slow.
Get Rid Of What You Don’t Need
One of the first things you should do if and when your work computer starts acting slow and sluggish, according to Karen Haslam, a contributor to MacWorld.co.uk, is to get rid of anything that you have stored on your computer or running in your apps that you’re not using anymore.
By closing things down, deleting things you don’t need, and uninstalling applications that are no longer applicable to you, you could free up a lot of space that your computer needs in order to quickly do its computing. And if you’ve noticed that your computer gets slow after a while, try to get rid of the things you don’t need on a more regular basis.
Be Kind To Your Browser
Because most of your work is likely conducted while you’re connected to the Internet, you probably are constantly using at least one browser during the day. With too much use, your browser could get worn down and start reacting slowly to your commands.
If this might be the case for you, Lowell Heddings, a contributor to How To Geek, suggests you try to be a bit kinder to your browser. To do this, try not to run too many extensions at one time. Additionally, if you’re able to limit the number of tabs you have open at one time, you should notice a big difference in how fast you’re able to navigate around your computer, especially as you’re using the Internet.
Scan Your Device For Malware
Another reason why your computer could be running slow is that you have some malware on your device that really shouldn’t be there. If you have a Mac, although the chances for getting viruses are lower than with a PC, getting malware is still a possibility.
To see if this is your problem, Jayce Wagner, a contributor to Digital Trends, recommends that you do a quick and simple malware scan. There are plenty of safe and free options out there for you to use so you can see if anything malicious pops up, or you can ask IT if they’d prefer to take this task on.
If your work computer has been running slower than normal, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you troubleshoot the problem for yourself.