Check for malwareNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
Make sure that spyware, malware (malicious software), or a virus hasn’t infected your computer. The symptoms are slow processing, a new home page on your web browser that you didn’t actively choose, messages that you are infected from a program other than your anti-virus program, or unsolicited offers for extra software when you’re not using a web browser, according to Michael Schwehr, founder of JumpStart Computing in Alexandria, Virginia. Scan your computer with your the anti-virus program you already have (Windows 10 comes with it’s own anti-virus program incorporated into Windows Defender), or download additional malware-detecting programs such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or McAfee Security Scan Plus. Watch out for these signs you’re about to be hacked.
Close unused programsNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
If you run too many programs at once—for example having a web browser, an Excel spreadsheet and iTunes open at the same time—you’ll overload the computer and slow its processing speed significantly, according to Michael Pang, founder of Santa Monica Tech Support in California. Close the unused programs and then reboot the computer.