There are several things that can cause your computer to either freeze or slow down.  Below is a list of reasons your computer may be running slow:

  • Programs Utilizing Memory (including programs in the background)
  • An Overactive Virus Scanner
  • Full Hard Drive
  • Out of Memory because of Malware or Virus
  • Bad Hard Drive (sometime combined with what sounds like pebbles in your hard drive)
  • Bad Memory module (RAM)
  • Processor Failing

Testing for these and running Malware and Virus scans are the first things to try when troubleshooting.  Be Aware:  If you are combating a failing hard drive, it's important to attempt to back up your files ASAP.