why do computers get slow?

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I mean, not only slow and unresponsive over time, but also within a working session. Does it have to do with the amount of programs running, the internet tabs open, the amount of time turned on, or just the physical materials wearing off? I’m both genuinely curious but would also want to know to see if there’s anything I can do when my computer gets slow

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There are several things affecting speed over time. Probably the most significant one is that software developers tend to write updates to programs that assume most people are running newer systems and therefore, have more resources to exploit. Another big factor could be malware (viruses, Trojans, spyware, etc.) and, as you mentioned, programs running in the background at startup. Physically, computers are designed to run at a set clock speed that doesn’t vary over time. This means physically, your computer is just as fast as the day you obtained it. The exception would be if it has “thermal throttling”, which most systems do. Basically, if the system gets too hot, the processor, graphics card and several other components will reduce their speed to avoid damaging themselves. One way to avoid this is to regularly clean dust and debris from your system and reapply thermal paste to your processor every ~2 years. There are several other inexpensive or free things you can do to help, but that should be a good start.

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