HP Laptop Running Slow? Here’re 4 Quick Methods to Tune it up
You hate when your HP starts to run slow, I do too. However, it's only natural that your HP laptop should get slower with the passage of time — yes, the life rule also applies to computers as well.
Over time, your laptop gets clogged up with junk files, unused applications, and other system issues. It will perform slowly eventually. But, if that happens too soon, especially when your HP Pavilion is still brand new — then, something is wrong out there.
In this article, I'll show you a few quick, effective ways to speed up your HP. But first, let's dive into the causes first.
Why is my HP laptop so slow?
The causes for a slow HP laptop can vary, but they should fall into these four categories:
- Hardware issues: not enough RAM, disk running out of space, etc.
- Software issues: malware/adware infection, Windows system errors, software registry issues, web browser junks, etc.
- Inappropriate user behavior: having too many tasks running at once, long-time gaming leads to HP overheating, etc.
1. Check viruses, malware, or adware
Viruses or malware can cause a number of problems besides slowing down your HP, for example, collecting information about you, compromising security, causing data loss, etc. To detect such viruses or malware, run a full scan with BitDefender — the best antivirus program in the world.
Adware, on the other hand, does less harm to your HP system, but it would drag down the performance especially when you are surfing on the Internet using a web browser. Adware is a type of software that injects flash ads without your knowledge or redirects search queries to some spammy advertising websites. To check and remove such Adware, you can use SpyHunter.
2. Clean up your HP hard drive
Lack of free disk space is often the culprit of slow issues if you are using an old HP laptop. That's why all PC experts suggest us to organize and clean up our PC hard drives on a regular basis.
While you can do this manually by transferring large files, uninstalling applications, etc.; I'd prefer to use CleanMyPC — a super efficient software that handles all the tasks for you. Like it's name indicates, it finds all types of useless or junk files, and you can clean them all with a click, time saving!
3. Diagnose Windows system, software issues
First off, get rid of those bloatware (pre-installed applications on your HP) or processes that slow down Windows startups; having too many apps running when Windows boots is bad. Learn what bloatware is and how to remove them from this ComputerWorld article.
Next, run RegCure Pro to scan and fix all found Windows registry errors. It helps speed up your HP laptop and keep things running smoothly.
Also, don't forget to stay all software up-to-date, this will solve application keeping freezing problems. Updating can be annoying, and it's easy to simply click "remind me later" to avoid it, but it's by no means a smart decision. To solve that, you can enable auto updates by going to My Computer > Properties > Automatic Updates to set it up.
4. Upgrade your HP laptop hardware
Yes, this is a no-brainer method, but it works amazingly to boost HP laptop performance. Consider adding more memory if you often run large programs, and replacing your current laptop HDD (hard disk drive) with a new SSD (solid state drive) if your hard drive becomes dated or faulty.
Pro tip: watch this video before you start to uncover your laptop mainframe.
- Adjust your using behaviors. Do not multitask — close other applications when you intend to run a new one. While you are browsing the Internet, close tabs and windows you don't view.
- Also, most HP laptops are not designed for gaming, if you are really into games, try play on a desktop PC with more advanced hardware configurations.
- Get a cooling pad/mat for your HP laptop. This is to avoid HP overheating issues, you can easily get a pad or mat for $20-30 bucks on Amazon.
Final words: be nice to your HP laptop, it will pay you "dividends" (aka, the performance :)
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