5 reasons your computer is noticeably slower now – plus a secret weapon to speed it up

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Slow computer driving you crazy? System engineer can help.

If your computer seems to be extra slow and crashing a lot lately, it’s probably not your imagination. You’re not alone in feeling overloaded during this never-ending pandemic — your computer is feeling the burn, too.

Internet use has skyrocketed by 70 percent since many of us started staying at home in March 2020. Think about it: You are connected all day long on platforms such as Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, and Zoom. When you’re ready for the day, get in line at Hulu or spend the evening shopping online.

Your computer collects a lot of data and files that quickly clog the system with so frequent use. You can also pick up some bad computer hygiene habits along the way. Of course, hackers are also watching all this and just waiting to attack vulnerable Wi-Fi connections and vulnerable people.

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to live with a frustratingly slow computer.

System Engineer is a secure software package that improves PC performance by identifying and solving the root causes of your computer problems – up to 30,000 in fact. The award-winning software removes all clutter from your computer, fixes shaky Wi-Fi connections and frees up a lot of storage so that your device works like (almost) new again.

For just $5 a month, System Engineer constantly monitors what’s happening on your computer and keeps it running smoothly 24/7. You even get a 30-day free trial before you decide to subscribe.

Wondering what kind of issues System Mechanic specifically addresses? Here are five likely reasons why your computer is currently underperforming.

Reason #1: You work from home

System Mechanic runs hundreds of programs to check your computer for junk it needs to clean up.  (Photo: Iolo Technologies)

System Mechanic runs hundreds of programs to check your computer for junk it needs to clean up. (Photo: Iolo Technologies)

Pretty obvious, huh? Maybe you go to an office or a classroom every day for work, while your computer at home rests quietly. But now your PC or Mac is constantly being asked to handle Slack chats, Microsoft Office tasks, conference calls and more all day long. All your neighbors probably do the same. The non-stop activity can strain your broadband connection considerable.

System Engineer has a feature called NetBooster that optimizes your internet connection and maximizes speed. After installing the software, restart your computer, connect to Wi-Fi and enjoy an exponentially smoother browsing experience.

Reason #2: You’re using a VPN

A VPN protects your internet privacy.  (Photo: Getty)

A VPN protects your internet privacy. (Photo: Getty)

A virtual private network (VPN) provides a private and secure internet connection, hides your IP address and prevents the sites you visit from tracking you, but you probably know this if you already have one installed. It makes sense to protect your connection with a VPN now that you use the internet so much, especially if you work from home or shop online and pay bills.

But a VPN has to work extra hard to get you through an extra server, so it takes a little longer than going VPN-less. This can slow down your connection to a crawl. Until troubleshoot slow VPN connection, choose a server in a country closer to you, reboot your router or modem, or upgrade to premium VPN services.

Reason #3: You zoom a lot

Zoom easily thanks to System Mechanic.  (Photo: Getty)

Zoom easily thanks to System Mechanic. (Photo: Getty)

Zooming is great. It allows you to communicate face-to-face with colleagues, catch up with friends, and even watch live entertainment, especially during a pandemic. But Zoom also uses a lot of internet bandwidth, and missing your broadband connection at all can slow things down further and lead to stuttering video conferencing, which makes the name “Zoom” quite ironic.

A few ways to speed up your Zoom connection are to turn off HD video, mute your microphone (but don’t forget to unmute when you need to speak!), close other applications, and pause any ongoing downloads. Of System Engineer runs in the background, you can also delete junk mail and run optimal online connectivity on autopilot.

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Reason #4: You watch Netflix in bed

Keep your computer away from soft surfaces.  (Photo: Getty)

Keep your computer away from soft surfaces. (Photo: Getty)

If your computer feels like it’s going up in flames, or the fan makes it sound like you’re living on a helipad, it means that the machine has overheated. This causes your computer to slow down at first and eventually leads to long-term damage. In the short term, it may even crash randomly or shut itself down.

A few ways to deal with an overheating computer before it’s too late is to clear up any dust and other debris blocking the airflow with a can of compressed air. You also want to encourage airflow by always placing your laptop on a hard surface. It’s not just a bad habit to plop your laptop on the bed — or any other soft surface that blocks air — while streaming shows in bed; it’s dangerous.

Reason #5: You are full of cookies

Too many cookies is not good.  (Photo: Getty)

Too many cookies is not good. (Photo: Getty)

Every time you visit a new website these days, you get that dreaded popup asking you to accept cookies to continue. With all the time you’ve been spending online lately, your computer is collecting more cookies than a bakery. Ok, not those kind of cookies! Computer cookies allow websites to remember you, track your activity, and may try to sell you things later.

But cookies are essentially small digital files, and since each embeds itself into your system one at a time, eventually your computer will have a “belly” full of cookies and it will be too “full” to perform well.

System Engineer scans your computer in real time and uses a feature called Privacy Guardian to periodically clear cookies. Of course, not all cookies are bad — some are designed to keep your shopping cart up to date, for example, or remember passwords for frequently visited sites — so System Mechanic also lets you whitelist cookies you don’t want it touching.

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