Chris Pirillo: Why is My Computer Running Slow?

Is your computer really getting slow, or is it just a matter of perspective? Sure, over time it’s normal for your system to get bogged down with software that makes the height of its efficiency somewhat lacking, but is the fix easier than simply trashing the old hardware in favor of the newest shiny multi-core on the market? Find out in this video from today’s TLDR episode.

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Chris Pirillo is the founder of the tech blogging network, Lockergnome and previously served as host of TechTV’s Call for Help show. Chris’s insightful and entertaining how to videos will now be featured in the PC Pitstop newsletters and highlighted at and

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5 thoughts on “Chris Pirillo: Why is My Computer Running Slow?”

  1. Resources aka ram is something most manufactured pc’s do not max out from the factory and most software installed by the user when installed are setup by the programmer of said software starts when the pc is booted up the more you add the more the system lags from the added programs by using msconfig or in control panel Administrative Tools – Computer Managment you can control what starts at boot up an example is print spooler( it’s on by windows default) it controls your printer no matter if you use one or not if you do set it to manual or if not simply turn it off there are many things to tune your pc to get the best performance ftrom it adding more ram is always a good option if possible you just have to know what you need at boot up and go from there research everything and keep asking questions if you don’t know

  2. I already knew this much, actually, but I don’t dare turn things off because I don’t know what I can or can’t. Same with turning off what automatically opens with start up. I’d love to know how to do that, and again, what is safe to turn off.

    1. As I said, this article creates more questions than it answers.

      Do you know how to use Google?

      Obviously you shouldn’t be turning off services as you don’t know what they are. However you can find several lists online if you search for “safe services to turn off in Windows (list your version)”. There’s many services (too many to list here) and again you should only turn off the ones that you know (which doesn’t sound like you know any). The exception to most of these lists would be if you’re on a network, which it doesn’t sound as though you are or you’d know.

      However, you can safely turn off everything except your anti-virus and anti-malware in msconfig on the start up tab. That doesn’t uninstall any programs, it just eliminates them from starting with your computer, which will speed it up. Anything you need can be started up again via Start, All Programs. Again, if you don’t know which programs are your anti-virus and/or anti-malware, you’re best to hire someone who does to do it for you. As a computer builder/repairer, we’ve never charged more than $20 for that. 🙂

  3. @Gerald Shaw – This video is pretty misleading and creates more questions than it answers. CCleaner will uninstall programs and clean up your registry a bit. Under tools, startup, it acts the same as msconfig and allows you to turn off programs from starting with your computer. It’s just a different way of getting as msconfig.

    If you’re really geeky you can go into services.msc and shut down processes that you don’t use, or change the ones that you use sparingly to start manually instead of automatically (in properties). Not something I’d recommend doing unless you’re familiar with the item that you’re changing though. 🙂

    1. Re: @Gerald Shaw – This video is pretty misleading and creates more questions than it answers.
      What did Gerald Shaw ask (it’snot {accidentally Iintentional in the published responses)? AND your response —are you Chris ?? under a different name, are you part of it?? AND do you consider your answer to be any more satisfying than CHRIS’S??

      There are a lot of people who would like to at least find a lead towards solving their slow problems.
      I am disappointed that PC PITSTOP would continue to allow such junk on their webpage.

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