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Is your computer starting to run slow. There are many things that can cause your computer to run slow, everything from viruses, outdated drivers, hardware problems, etc. One thing that we see on many computers that come into the shop is that the computer is slow because there is way too many programs running at start up and continuing to run in the background. One way to notice if you have too many programs running in the background besides General Computer slowness is that you will notice lots of icons in the system tray down by the clock on your computer. Those icons are there because those programs are running in the background. Some programs need to be running in the background, such as update software, security software, and other programs. Not all of the icons in that area are programs running in the background. You also have icons in this area for Wi-Fi Internet, wired Internet, mouse, sound volume, and other needed computer programs.
The problem is whenever you install software, most programs will have a default setting for the software to always run in the background. This can be a problem because only about 10 to 20% of software that you install actually needs to be running in the background. While it is true that having a program run in the background will make that program respond quickly when you launch it, it is slowing down the general computer speed by taking processing power from normal computing. The other issue also comes from when you install software. With a vast majority of the software that you download, they will try to include other trial software with the install. You will need to take notice whenever your doing software updates or downloading new software to not download any extra software that is unneeded. When you’re doing a software install watch what boxes are checked, and uncheck any boxes that have you download unneeded additional software.
There are a few different places you can go to try to stop software from running in the background. First you should try going into that software program itself, usually the software will have an options or preferences menu, look there to turn off having the software run when Windows starts. Another place to check is in your start bar under all programs, look for the startup folder, and delete any programs in the startup folder that are needed to be run at start up. There are few other places where you can disable software from starting when Windows starts up such as MSCONFIG or using software such as autoruns, but we do not recommend regular users to use these features, as you can turn off the wrong item and cause your computer to be unbootable, or have other problems.
If your computer is slow, or you need your start up programs looked at, DME Computer Repair Omaha Nebraska can help!