You’re not imagining it: at the end of a long work day or even a few hours of processing, your computer might really be running slow. When you have a long list of tasks left to attend to, this can be frustrating. But many reasons exist for your computer’s lagging performance. Plenty of fixes exist, too.

Consider how many tabs or programs you have open. Sure, you love to parallel process a dozen different things at a time, but computers don’t have much fuel to keep up when too many things try to run simultaneously. Keeping multiple browser tabs open, each with hard-working, data-gathering algorithms, can cause a serious strain on computers.

This is especially true if you’re running streaming solutions such as Spotify, or even a constantly refreshing program like Facebook. Sometimes, even when you’re not actively working with a tab, the program continues to refresh, play videos, and perform more functions, all of which soak up precious computing power. The simple solution here is to close all unnecessary tabs and instead use your browser bookmark to return to sites and articles you want to visit.

What’s more, your hard drive or memory storage could be reaching capacity. Sometimes it’s easier to just save files than ruthlessly delete them. But all that mindless acquisition can take its toll, and your hard drive can quickly get backed up. A close-to-capacity hard drive can lead to markedly slower processing times. An effective daily practice is to delete all files from trash and only save those that do need to be archived. Many companies offer cloud servers for storage; uploading large files to such storage solutions might take the edge off of your computer.

In worst-case scenarios, malware running in the background could soak up precious computing power. Not all computer viruses manifest as ransom notes. Sneaky malware could be downloading precious information or conducting other nefarious activities as you go about your work. It’s important that you work with an IT provider to update your computer with the latest software patches so no vulnerabilities or breaches occur.

Consistent problems with slow devices can be the symptom of a larger problem. Small business IT solutions providers like CMIT Solutions can effectively diagnose and treat such issues before they seriously damage productivity.

Contact CMIT Solutions to learn more about keeping your computers serviced and running at all times.