How To Fix A Slow Computer 202

If you’ve followed the first part of our Slow Computer Guide you can be confident that your computer is virus free. So what if it is still slow? In the second part of our Slow Computer series, we will show you more slow computer fixes if the issue is a cluttered computer.

To read the other parts of our slow computer series, click the links below!

Slow Computer 101 – Speeding up a Virus-Clogged Computer
Slow Computer 303 – Operating System Slowing You Down?

Is your computer slow to startup or have a slower performance in general? It might be caused by an excessive number of computer files and programs! Here are some ways you can cut that digital clutter to spring-clean your computer.

How Can Digital Clutter Make Your Computer Slow?

Digital clutter comes in many forms, but most commonly they are the files and programs you install on your computer’s hard drive. Over time they can become corrupted or overloaded and slow down your computer significantly.

Some computers come pre-installed with bloatware, which are applications that you may not use but are on your computer anyway because the manufacturer put them there.

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Corrupted data and files can also cause a computer to slow down. This could be the result of bugs in your operating system, corrupted RAM data, and power surges.

Besides digital clutter, outdated hardware can also slow down your computer’s performance. With software getting more powerful each day, you’ll need respective hardware to match and run new software.

Slow Computer Fix 1 – Reduce Clutter

Similar to how you’d spring clean your home space, your digital space also requires a spring clean every once in a while.

Below are some ways you can get rid of unwanted digital files and programs as a slow computer fix.

Disk Cleanup

We recommend doing a disk cleanup as the first step. This function is built-in on most Windows computers and is also known as a Check Disk or chkdsk for computer coders.

When you run a disk cleanup, you are essentially scanning your entire hard drive to find and fix errors on it. It’s important to note that a disk cleanup takes a while to complete but can help prevent problems with data loss and slow computer issues in the long run.

Watch this short 2-minute video for instructions on how to run a disk cleanup on Windows 10. If you are not on Windows 10, check out a general disk-cleanup guide here.

Dealing with Excess Programs

Unwanted programs can take up precious space making a computer slow to startup. Often, these unwanted programs come pre-installed onto your computer by the manufacturer.

You can un-install these unwanted programs easily. Check out this short 2-minute video for a quick tutorial on how you can uninstall programs on Windows 10 to speed up a slow computer.

Similarly, you can also delete any excess or unused files from your computer by simply dragging them into your recycling bin and then emptying out the recycling bin afterward.

Like your physical space, your digital space requires decluttering once in a while too! (Photo by Sander from Pexels)

But what happens if you don’t want to remove any files or programs? No problem! We suggest moving less-used data, like your tax programs and other less-used files, into cloud storage or onto an external hard drive, similar to how you’d back them up.

That way, you can delete them off of your computer so they don’t stay on your computer all the time. You’ll only need to take them out of the cloud or external storage when you need to access them, like during tax season.

Slow Computer Fix 2 – Defrag Your Hard Drive

Defrag is short for de-fragmenting which is a process that helps your computer run faster. When you use your computer, the hard drive gets fragmented over time, meaning your files and programs are scattered around different places on the hard drive.

When this happens, it will take longer for your computer to retrieve a file or program because it needs to locate each piece of the information first.

The hard drive on your computer may become fragmented over time, causing your computer to slow down.

When you defrag your hard drive, all the different parts of your files are put back together, making it faster for your computer to access them. You need to defrag your hard drive periodically as part of your computer’s maintenance procedures. You can do this by following Microsoft’s helpful guide here.

However, do note that if you have recently upgraded your hard drive to the faster SSD version, you generally do not need to defrag it. But if you would still like to, check out this article for more information.

Use a Cleanup Software

For those not as tech-savvy, we recommend automating this defragmenting and clean-up process with software such – System Mechanic.

On older hard drives, System Mechanic can defrag the hard drive to speed things up. On the new SSD drives, use System Mechanic’s SSD Accelerator tool to help maintain your SSD drive’s speedy performance and speed up a slow computer!

FixMeTip System Mechanic is a one click software that has tons of other built-in tools to clean out the clutter on your computer, free up extra RAM, and remove excess startup programs to speed up your computer and keep it stable and clutter-free.

We love System Mechanic because it’s an easy way to stop frustrating errors, crashes, and freezes by clearing junk from your PC to make it work noticeably better. Use System Mechanic once a month on all your home PCs for one year. LEARN MORE HERE.

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What are some things that you do to prevent clutter from slowing down your computer? Share your tips with us in the comment section below.


  1. Ron Lang - Reply

    What about a mac computer, above writings are only for a pc, using windows.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Monika, System Mechanic does have a tool for drivers called Designated Drivers that lets you update all drivers with one click. To see more of the functions on System Mechanic, click here.

  2. Winston Dottin - Reply

    What is the main difference between Fixmestick and System Mechanic? I have Fixmestick, what added benefit do i get by purchasing System Mechanic?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Winston, good question. FixMeStick cleans out viruses on your computer while System Mechanic cleans out junk files in general. Depending on your computer you can decide which product you’ll need. Also, having one of them does not affect the functioning of the other.

  3. A.Hocevar - Reply

    I have both FixMeStick and System Mechanic. I use both with confidence that my Win10 is functioning as it should. Use Sys. Mech. every other day & FixMeStick weekly.

  4. Bettie Van Sloten - Reply


    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Bettie, you can usually delete all messages in your email using a bulk delete feature. The way to access it depends on each email provider so it’s best to check the steps that are specific to your email service provider.

  5. Anonymous - Reply

    What happened to just plug-in and watch it do its magic, I don’t need another sales pitch?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Jennifer, unfortunately System Mechanic is designed to work on PC/Windows computers only.

  6. Monagene McLain - Reply

    When I try to defrag the computer it says Disk Defragmenter was scheduled using another program. I have searched for the other program without success and would like to be sure it is actually happening. I have Windows 7.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Sarah, thanks for your feedback! Stay tuned to our blog as we will share some solutions to speed up Mac computers soon.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Joe, there are a number of causes for freezing issues on a computer. The most common ones are overheating or having too many programs running at the same time. If you’ve tried our recommendations in this article, definitely check out part 3 of the series where we provide more solutions.

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