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Laggy Laptops: Reasons and Remedies

Snails and turtles may naturally be slow, but that shouldn’t be the case for your devices. In today’s age of ever-advancing technology, laptops are seen more as a necessity rather than a luxury. From simple web browsing to highly demanding tasks, there’s a laptop to get the job done. Whether it be for school or work, laptops are popular and portable productivity machines. Even gamers have their own series of laptops made for graphic-intensive games. For a device that is used pretty much daily for a variety of purposes, users may experience an ever-obvious lag from their previously fast-running tech. There are multiple reasons why laptops lag but finding out which one specifically can help you get it fixed faster. 

Startup Overload

Have you ever noticed how it could sometimes take a hot minute to boot up your device? Some desktop applications you have on your laptop could be the culprit. The applications you download to your computer could automatically run the moment you turn your laptop on even without prompting it. Some applications ask for permission to do this, but many applications also don’t give you any notice when they open at startup. When these applications compete with your operating system at startup, it compromises your laptop’s speed as it’s working hard to run all of these programs at once. To avoid this, you can open each application individually and disable them through their in-app settings. You can also do this by opening up the Task Manager and locating the “Startup” tab. This is where you’ll see a dropdown list of all the enabled apps that run during startup. Determine which ones need to be kept on and disable any unnecessary apps to prevent your laptop from lagging the next time you turn it on.

You Have Multiple Apps Running Behind The Scenes

While some desktop applications pop up the moment you turn your laptop on, some can run quietly in the background. It’s a common lag-inducing problem many people have since background applications are easy to forget. If you’re someone in particular who has a lot of applications or programs set up on your device, then try to take the time to look into which programs are running. You can check for live updates about currently running apps through the Task Manager. It’s easier to reduce the lag on your laptop when you can pick out which apps are and aren’t necessary. Once you open the Task Manager window, look through the “Processes” tab and click on “More Details” to see the full list of programs you have. Locate “Background Processes” and pick out which apps need to be stopped. Right-click on the program and select “End Task” to stop it from running. Of course, you also have the option of completely deleting the application if you think it isn’t useful anymore. 

A “Tab” Too Much

A couple of social media sites here, your favorite streaming services there, it’s no lie that it’s fairly easy to drown yourself in a sea of open tabs on your browser. With things from school to leisure to work going digital, almost everything can be done and accessed through the interwebs. You could be opening an email for work on one tab and liking your friend’s pictures on another. Or you could be doing some frantic last-minute speed browsing for that one assignment you have to turn in by 11:59 PM tonight. Whatever the case may be, having too many tabs open on your computer can eat up a lot of space which in turn causes it to lag. The quick way to fix this is to lessen the tabs you have open. If you feel like you absolutely need every tab you have open though, consider using a web extension that helps you manage or group your tabs. This helps you control the amount of tabs you have open and it also lets you navigate through them quickly. 

RAM Shortage

While desktop home or work computers can be built and customized as to how much RAM they can support, laptops aren’t as lucky. There are models which let you upgrade or add to its existing RAM, but many laptop models don’t have this feature. Your laptop relies heavily on its Random Access Memory or RAM to open programs and run tasks. It’s important to know how much RAM your device has so you can adjust which applications to use and run. Only do tasks and use applications that can match your RAM to ensure it runs smoothly. If you’re running a program that’s meant for 8GB RAM devices on a 4GB RAM computer then expect to experience serious lagginess or even crashing the app completely. If you’re planning on getting a new laptop altogether, consider looking into ones that have a 64-bit system and 8GB of RAM. With these specs, you can do a decent amount of tasks such as basic office work, light gaming, and even video editing.

Malware or Virus Infection

Having your device infected with a virus or malware is every tech user’s worst nightmare. It compromises your data, causes a multitude of software problems, and in worst-case scenarios can kill your device. This also contributes to heavy lagging. It goes without saying that you should safeguard your laptop well before any virus or malware enters it. But slip-ups happen and even the most tech-savvy and threat-aware person can download a virus to their devices sometimes. Protect your device and information by downloading a trusty anti-virus and anti-malware software so you can periodically run scans to check your laptop’s health. If any suspicious-looking files show up, it’s best to delete them right away instead of investigating it any further. It’s also worth being vigilant and knowing what and what not to download, since certain files can contain viruses. Similarly, make sure any flash drive or any other piece of tech you connect to your laptop is free from any viruses, as these things can also transmit viruses and malware.

Get The Internet Speed You Need With OTR Mobile 

Laptops and other devices are just one side of the story. Fast-running laptops need to connect to fast-running internet networks. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean that this shouldn’t be the case for you. For seamless connectivity and nonstop browsing even while on the move, OTR Mobile is here for you. Our Titan Mobile Plan provides you with steady, strong, and reliable internet connectivity that’s specifically made to utilize multiple 4G LTE GSM networks. Can’t figure out which plan to pick? Worry not, we’ll help you choose the perfect plan for your lifestyle – no contracts or credit checks required!

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