Toshiba Laptop Slow and Freezes? Reasons Why and How to Fix It

Last updated: Mar. 27, 2017

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We all loved the feeling the first time when we got our brand new Toshiba, right? It was lighting fast, and everything responded quickly. But over time, it started to slow down.

Well, it's quite normal for a PC to run slightly slower. I mean, any PCs. However, if your Toshiba became slow too quick, worse yet, it kept freezing and you often had to give it a hard reboot. Then something is definitely wrong.

Why does a Toshiba laptop run slow or keep hanging?

In general, the causes range from system software issues to hardware problems. If your Toshiba laptop is relatively new, poor system maintenance is usually the primary reason. For an older laptop, outdated hardware is often the culprit. Here are some detailed causes:

  • Your computer has got virus/malware infection.
  • Too many applications are running at the same time.
  • Your Toshiba doesn't have enough RAM.
  • Overloaded web browser plugins, caches, etc.
  • Windows registry issues or errors.
  • Toshiba hard drive is super cluttered with little free disk space available.
  • Your Internet connection signal is weak, making you feel it's your Toshiba's fault.
  • Your laptop is faulty (in rare situations, for brand new ones only).
  • And others.

How to speed up Toshiba laptop? Here're four effective solutions

Solution 1: scan for malicious software and remove them

Typical symptoms of malware and virus infection include Internet slowdown, computer operation lagging. To find out if your Toshiba has such a problem, use BitDefender Antivirus to run a full scan of your laptop system, and then eliminate any potential threats.

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Solution 2: fix all Windows system issues

System junks and errors have been notorious for slowing down a PC's performance. Not only they cause software malfunction, but they can also eat up a big portion of your hard disk (which is valuable for storing precious photos and data). When your Toshiba hard drive is getting full, the whole system can run like a snail.

Unfortunately, detecting and resolving such issue isn't always easy. It often requires you to do a lot of manual checks and diagnosis. To save time, you can try IObit Advanced SystemCare — a powerful tool designed to fix all kinds of Windows system problems that could potentially slow down or freeze your Toshiba. Alternatively, see this list of best PC speed up tools in 2017.

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Solution 3: boost Toshiba performance with hardware upgrade

If you often run many heavy programs on your laptop (e.g. for photo/video editing, 3d-modeling, etc.), think about adding more RAM (random-access memory) because this will give your PC more capability to run additional programs at once.

If you feel the hard drive is under-performing, considering an upgrade to a new SSD (solid-state drive). Experiments have proven that SSDs run much faster and are quieter than traditional HDDs. Also, replacing an aging hard drive reduces the risk of data loss caused by disk crash.

Solution 4: know your Toshiba and adjust using habits

Treat your laptop as your business partner, take some time to know its power and ability. This way you understand what are the right and wrong things to do. For example, if you are about to install a game on it, hold on a second and ask yourself if the machine is powerful enough to ensure a smooth gaming experience. As we know, video games often take up lots of system resources while running.


Without doubt, working on a slow or freezing Toshiba computer can be frustrating. New study also reveals that a slow computer is bad for human health. When slow PC problems persist, technology can become a bottleneck that hampers productivity. I hope the above four solutions should have given you some clues on correctly handling Toshiba laptop performance issues.

Let us know if the solutions have helped you out there or not. We'd like to hear from you.

Thanks to Tommy for submitting the issue.

"I have a Toshiba laptop (about one year old). It has never given me troubles before. But during the last two days, it keeps freezing to death. I think it must have suddenly been plagued by some random errors that cause programs to stop responding. When it freezes, I am unable to open ANY programs, NOTHING runs; If I already have something open, it still works, it doesn't freeze. Sometimes I can use a ctrl+alt+del combination to force quit the apps, while other times I have to hard-reboot by holding the power button. I'm now starting to get freaking annoyed. Can you help me fix the Toshiba freezes issue?"

Chris Hwang

Chris is a certified computer technician since 2008. He writes everything related to computer issues and loves helping people solve problems. Currently, he's extending his interests into cloud computing.

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