Antivirus Software Can Slow Down Your Computer

Antivirus Software Can Slow Down Your Computer

Although there are plenty of factors that can cause a computer to slow down, some folks have a tendency to blame antivirus software for their PC-related woes. As the owner of Nerds of North Texas LLC, a PC repair company serving Dallas and Fort Worth since 2009, Marcel Gaudet says its an unfortunate fact that antivirus software can, indeed, cause a computer to start operating at a significantly slower speed.

You may be familiar with this type of scenario: Youre typing away on your computer in a desperate attempt to meet your deadline for your upcoming work-related presentation. Unfortunately, while your machine may have started out by performing reasonably well, you cant help but notice that it suddenly seems to have slowed down considerably. Now, whenever you hit a key, theres a solid five-second delay between the touch of your finger to the keyboard and the appearance of the appropriate letter on screen. At this pace, youll never finish your presentation on time!

When you sit there trying to figure out what the problem is, you cant help but wonder if your recently installed antivirus software could be to blame. After all, if your new software is constantly running scans and updating itself, then its likely to drain quite a bit of your computers memory in the process. You toy with the idea of uninstalling it to see if that will help, but then remember the reason you got that new software in the first place to prevent a virus attack. Frustrated, you start a pot of coffee, return to face your slow computer, and prepare yourself for the possibility of your first all-nighter in years.

Antivirus software can drain some memory of your computer.
In fact, most users experience some degree of frustration at one point or another as a result of having computers that are too slow (or, over time, become too slow) for their tastes. When you buy a new computer, youll notice that it comes with a certain amount of memory. The more memory your machine has, the faster it is likely to run. However, the more programs you have running on your computer, the more memory youll be draining in the process. Therefore, when you install antivirus software on your computer, you are essentially introducing yet another program that has to compete for your machines limited resources, and by running antivirus software, you can easily cause the rest of your programs to slow down.

Its never a good idea to simply go without antivirus software.
Keep in mind that the answer to the problem of having a slow computer should never involve ridding your machine of antivirus software altogether. By doing so, youll only end up putting your PC at risk for an unwanted attack. And, incidentally, nothing slows down a computer more than a nasty virus. Although its never a good idea to simply go without antivirus software, there are some options that are known to drain less memory than others. In fact, I tend to recommend freeware to customers who are fed up with the slowdowns caused by their name-brand antivirus programs.

Using freeware has both the upside and the downside.
Just as the name implies, freeware is software that is provided to users free of charge. The benefit of installing freeware is that since it tends to be very stripped down, it is less likely to eat away at your memory and slow down your machine in the process. The downside, however, is that if youre going to use freeware for antivirus purposes, then youll need to become an active participant in its use.

Most name-brand antivirus programs will run automatic updates on a continuous basis to ensure that your computer is constantly protected from new viruses. Freeware, on the other hand, will not usually update itself automatically. While a free program may send notifications alerting you that updates are available, it will be your responsibility to run these updates rather than ignore them. So if youre willing to put in the time to work with freeware, then youre likely to find that this option wont slow down your computer as much as your old antivirus software did.

If youd rather not have to deal with updates, however, then youre better off sticking to those name-brand options. No matter which type of antivirus software you choose, remember that running multiple types at the same time will only slow down your machine without offering much of an upside. After all, as important as it is to have some sort of antivirus protection in place, theres certainly no need to go overboard.

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