What’s slowing down your computer?

Having a slow running or slow to start up computer can be very frustrating and make you lose a lot of time out of your working day. There are many things that can cause your computer to run slow and finding out what the problem is, is often a trial and error method.
One of the most common reasons for a slow computer is programs which are running in the background. Many of these programs are needed in order for the computer to work, but some can be turned off to alleviate the load on your processor.
If you press control, alt and delete at the same time on your keyboard in Windows you will be able to see a list of programs and also processes that are running at the same time. It will also tell you how much of the CPU it is using. If you notice that one or two programs are using a lot then it may be them that are slowing everything down.
Be sure not to have more than one anti-virus software package installed on your computer. If you do, these can often conflict with each other and cause issues such as slow running or even crashing.