Acer Laptop Running Slow and Freezing? Fixes Here
Last updated: Jan. 22, 2017
All laptops and PCs will slow down over time, Acer is no exception. Whether you're using an Aspire One, or a Predator G6 gaming desktop, it doesn't matter. With the passage of time, your Acer begins to store more files, install more programs, and are loaded with tons of browsing histories, etc.
Eventually, it will become much sluggish and run slower than it used to. That's quite normal because everything has a lifespan.
However, if the slowness comes to a point when your productivity is affected — for example, it keeps freezing, runs super slow to start up, you'd better watch out because your Acer might have some serious issues.
There are many reasons that can cause Acer running slow or hanging up. In this article, we're going to show you four quick tips to help you find the "culprits" and speed up your Acer a little bit.
1. Scan your Acer for viruses and malware
Even today, virus, spyware and other types of malware are still a big causes of many computer problems, including a slow PC.
If you doubt your Acer laptop gets infected, go ahead and get BitDefender Antivirus to have a thorough scan of your laptop to eliminate viruses. Meanwhile, you can also use SpyHunter to hunt for spyware threats.
Pro tip: when you complete the scan, it's recommended that you turn off real-time monitoring function as the feature usually tends to consume a decent amount of system resources.
2. Close applications and run fewer programs at once
Sometimes, it's not because your Acer wants to run slow but because you've got too many programs running at the same time. Typically, if your Acer is slow at startup, chances are there are several auto-starters (programs) joining the fun when you boot up the machine. What to do? Use MSConfig to manage startup items. It's a built-in tool provided by Microsoft for all versions of Windows operating systems.
Then open Task Manager to pinpoint the background "culprits" — applications or processes that could be eating lots of system resources such as CPU, RAM (random access memory), etc. Disable or force quit those suspicious items that you don't need.
3. Clean up your Acer hard drive
A cluttered or almost full hard drive can seriously slow down any computer. There is no universal guideline about what percent of available storage space you should maintain, the more the better. If your Acer hard drive is used up 80% of higher, it's time for cleanup.
How to clean it up? The most efficient way is to try CleanMyPC — a PC utility that does a number of cleanup work for you automatically, such as removing system junks, detecting duplicates, uninstalling unused applications, etc. We've been using it on our PCs, and are am happy with its convenience.
4. Upgrade hardware
Obviously you'll have to invest in some hardware, for example, an extra RAM or an SSD (solid-state drive) — yes, SSDs are much faster and reliable than traditional HDDs (hard disk drives). But you get what you pay for. Your Acer performance would be night and day if you replace the hard drive with a new SSD.
Pro tip: before you start installing any new parts, be sure to check this YouTube video or this iFixIt guide for more information.
Now it's your turn
These are some of the best practices that will make an Acer laptop run faster. Are there any other methods or fixes you can try? Sure.
Anyway, let us know what other techniques you find useful, or any comments to the Acer tips we've introduced in this article.