If your computer is not as fast as the day you bought it, you are not alone. This happens to everyone. Though this may be true, it makes it no less annoying. The real question is ‘how much slower is it today than when you bought it, and can you tolerate the difference? Realistically, if you notice a difference in your performance, chances are you are seeking a solution. Look no further; you’ve found your first step. If you are reading this, you are on the path to knowledge. Your first step is to become informed about Weblist Posting.

Find the cause.

From time to time, I may state the obvious. Often, the obvious answer is the easiest to overlook. All of life’s challenges come with a cause. A newly noticed drop in your computer’s performance is likely due to a recent change. Changes on your system may come from a recently added application, a system update from Microsoft, an application update from a specific vendor, changes in your hardware, changes in your startup, changes in your registry, or any number of other astrological changes in the universe.


The point here is to recognize which change or combination of changes affected your system. In significant cases, system restoration may be a consideration. Though this solution is not at the top of my immediate action list, if the change in your system is less than 24 hours old or can be attributed to a specific application immediately after installation, system restoration can be your best friend.

If the changes in your system performance have been slow in coming over some time, you may benefit from a good cleaning. Many independent technicians will come to your home or office and perform these services for minimal investments (typically $50 – $100). Before running to the giant retailer to have them do the cleaning for their $29 special, recognize the time and effort of dismantling and restoring your system (which they won’t do for you). Additionally, most retailers will not offer follow-up service if the cleaning causes any ‘unforeseen’ system issues.

Don’t immediately assume you have a virus. Viruses can take any number of forms. As the name implies, viruses can be as elusive as determining what strain of the flu you’ve contracted. Such distinction is not as crucial as finding a cure. If you have reason to believe or strongly suspect you have a virus, just like calling your doctor’s office, stop what you are doing. If you value the information on your system and do not wish to lose it or share it with information thieves, the best thing to do is turn your system off – DO NOT restart it until you have it in the hands of a trained professional to remove the virus or substantiate its existence. Err on the side of caution.

Finding the cause is a process, not a task. Making the wrong diagnosis can lead to information loss or susceptibility to information thieves. Don’t let him scare you. The likelihood of an intentional attack is comparable to home burglary, and they happen, but to be targeted explicitly without cause is reasonably uncommon.