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One of the many problems with our mobile devices is when it starts lagging and losing battery power. The lag of a computer is an all too familiar issue many users have and it is often a result of one or more issues. Instead of going out and buying a new PC, which you can, here are other ways to restore your computer’s problems back to its former glory.

A clogged CPU

A clogged or bottleneck CPU can happen alongside other issues. A bottleneck CPU refers to the situation where the processor of a computer is not powerful or good enough to keep up with the tasks or software you have in your PC. This is usually the case when a low-end CPU is paired up with a high-end device or hardware such as a GPU.

Other reasons that could cause a bottleneck CPU is if your PC is built on a CPU-dependent software. What this means is that the demands of the task you are doing far outweighs the capacity of the processing unit.

Another reason could also be your modeling or editing software. For example, if you use the latest version of Adobe Photoshop on a PC with a lower RAM capacity, this can also cause a lag.

The way to solve a bottleneck issue is to pinpoint the exact reason why it’s happening. When you do find the root of the problem, you can then do the necessary to remedy the situation. Lucky for you, there is the possibility of replacing your aged-processor with that of a new version. Another alternative is downgrading your software on the computer. Or you can also install it especially if you don’t use it anymore.

Your hard disk drive is aging

This can happen to any device and usually, when your computer starts slowing down, that is a tell-tale sign that it is getting older. Hard disks usually have a lifespan of three to five years and along with lagging your computer, an aged hard disk can also cause other problems such as your OS freezing or weird sounds coming out of the computer. Again, just like the processor, you can also replace your hard drive. This is actually a recommended method and should be done before you get the dreaded blue screen.

It’s actually much cheaper to replace a hard disk instead of upgrading your RAM so if you have identified the problem that it’s your hard disk, save yourself that trouble and get it replaced.

Not having enough storage space

This is also another way that your computer can end up eating memory. Most computers purchased within the last two or three years usually have SSD drives in them. SSD means solid-state drive an when the storage drive is full, this may also cause your PC to slow down. Every PC requires a certain amount of free space to be able to operate and if yours is full to the brim, conducting tasks will be impossible as it also slows down your computer’s OS.

So what can you do? You can store all documents, photos, and movies in an external drive or use a DVD burner to burn stuff you don’t use often in DVDs.

You should also do a little spring cleaning and delete duplicate images, or old files from your hard disk. While doing this, delete temporary files as well and uninstall programs you no longer use. Keep in mind that a PC needs at least 200MB of space to operate well and ideally 500MB to operate at an optimal level.

RAM shortage

Hard disk space in one issue but RAM is another issue on a different level. As mentioned earlier, replacing your PC’s RAM is far more expensive than replacing your hard disk. The RAM in a computer only begins working when the PC is turned on and any OS depends extensively on a healthy dose of RAM for smooth operation. Without the right amount of RAM, your computer will slow down. Computers nowadays require a minimum of 4GB of RAM to do even basic things such as browsing Google Chrome. Ideally, your computer should at least have 8GB of RAM.

Viruses

Finally, another reason your PC lacks memory is that it is being attacked by viruses and malware. Your dwindling memory could be a result of viruses infecting the drives and software so the best way to avoid this is to use an anti-virus and malware program that can ensure your PC will not be infected with things you don’t want. Malware and anti-virus can quickly remove or quarantine dangerous files and programs especially ones with Trojan horses.