The average computer user exercises unreliable methods in dealing with a malfunctioning or degrading computer system. First is the observation stage – a stage that doesn’t last for more than three minutes before the user proceeds with stage two. He immediately assumes that the problem is virus infection. He checks his antivirus software – something he has never done before – and clicks whatever button implies that the computer will be swept and made good as brand new right after.

He assumes that the problem should have been solved by then and that things would go back to normal. When the problem reoccurs, he sighs and decides that he needs new antivirus software. This is the faulty cycle that most of us are guilty of practicing. Where does the faultiness begin?

You don’t spend enough time diagnosing the problem; therefore you can’t determine what the correct course of action to take is. Stop assuming and start snooping around for the right culprit.

Two primary possibilities that you have to scrutinize are slow computer system and malware-infected system

Let’s define both problems.

Reality Check on Slow Computers

1.The Real Deal with Antivirus

It’s normal for you to be alarmed when your computer system suddenly slows down. After all, it’s one of the many symptoms of virus-infection; booting up takes eternity to finish and opening media files is sometimes an impossible feat to accomplish. Nevertheless, you should check your antivirus software for a completely different reason before you settle on the diagnosis that the virus is responsible for your frustrations. Perhaps you’ve installed two antivirus that consumes too much space and energy for anything else to function properly. Computer security should be a second per second activity; hence you can’t take the risk of shutting off this software.

What you can do is to replace them with lightweight software that can still defend you from malware. This will help remove viruses without burdening your computer. Find similar software that is compatible with your system and usage habits.

2. The Real Deal with Upgrading

Stop blaming your RAM unless you have taken up your computer’s entire memory space. Obviously, that would trigger the decrease in speed. The same thing goes with the popular belief that computer ages and it is meant to degrade as the years go by. While these two theories have some truth in them, they aren’t problems you should cry over. For memory storage, distribute large media files to back-up drives to free up space in your computer. Aging, on the other hand, is an inevitable path that is brought upon by worn out hardware but rather by the numerous software updates your computer automatically does. You have to accept the fact that your computer will refuse to boot up one day and you’ll have to purchase a new one that is capable of managing the latest software features available.

3. The Real Deal with Maintenance

Are you tempted to try defragmentation or probing your Window’s Registry? There are steps like these that fall under the category of maintenance; however, they are measures that require a certain level of knowledge and expertise. Registry is a sensitive place to be in, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the place. Avoid tampering with the codes and experimenting with your options if you’re uncertain of their consequences. Seek the help of an expert. You might end up worsening the situation and killing your computer altogether.

Reality Check on Viruses

1.  The Real Deal with Screen Black-outs and Error Messages. If you’ve suffered from sudden black outs that lasts for several minutes, avoid assuming that your system just crashed. The same thing can be said with receiving error messages. Viruses and malwares can cause these things, but so does overheating, dust, and memory problems. Before you call for an expert, inspect the occurrence and your current security status first. The best the expert will suggest is securing your system with an antimalware software.

2.  The Real Deal with Restarting Computers. It’s not the restart button that is the issue, actually, but rather your computer’s tendency to restart by itself without your permission; worse – while you’re typing the last five words of your thesis. If this is the case, it’s high time for you to perform a full scan and reflect on your internet habits. Where can you have possibly acquired a virus?

3.  The Real Deal with New Toolbars and Desktop Shortcuts. Whoa. You didn’t put those toolbars there. Why are there so many shortcuts on your desktop? Where did they come from? Friend, the virus is actively maneuvering in your system. Do something immediately. The next they’ll aim for is to corrupt your files and spread themselves through your network connections. Your computer is probably acting so slowly because the virus is doing its job well.