If you own a laptop, then you may have noticed its speed has declined since the day you bought it. Here are 4 easy ways to bring your laptop back up to its highest level of performance.

4) Eliminate a virus or malware infestation

The fastest way to slow down a laptop is to infect it with spyware and malware. These are not only dangerous for your laptop’s performance, but they also compromise your personal security. After all, spyware can monitor everything you type out on your laptop keyboard and, using that information, might be able to hack into your banking system or other important accounts. Obviously, you don’t want either of those things to happen to you, which is why you need to find a good antivirus program as soon as possible.

3) Laptop won’t boot up

One of the scariest things laptop owners can experience is a ‘failure to boot’ error. If this occurs, then it could be the result of a number of different problems. Before you throw your laptop into the garbage, try to troubleshoot the hard drive. In many cases, it is simply your hard drive that needs to be replaced, as opposed to your entire notebook.

To test your hard drive, remove it from the laptop enclosure using the instructions in your manufacturer’s manual. Then, put it in an external hard drive enclosure (these can be found at Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, and other tech stores for under $40). An external hard drive enclosure will allow you to plug in your notebook hard drive and test it on another computer. If possible, run a disk check on the hard drive from the other computer (Windows has a disk checker under the Start menu -> Programs -> Accessories -> System tools folder.

If that other computer can see the hard drive and access the information, then you know it’s a laptop problem as opposed to a hard drive error. On the other hand, if you can’t see the hard drive, then you should be able to fix your laptop by simply ordering a new notebook hard drive. You’ll have to reinstall your operating system and you won’t be able to access all of your information, but this solution will be cheaper than buying a new laptop altogether.

2) Video is choppy or blurred

Many people use their laptops to watch videos. However, some laptops have trouble processing even the most basic videos. If that is the case with your laptop, then it might not necessarily be a problem with your hardware. Instead, you may be able to fix this problem by installing a video card driver update. Determine which video card you have by looking in your laptop’s instruction manual. Or, open a run command (Start menu -> run) and type in dxdiag and navigate to the ‘Display’ tab.

Then, search for drivers on that video card manufacturer’s website (or simply search Google) and install those updates. Restart your computer and see if that made a difference. In many cases, video card driver updates can smooth performance and improve the health of your PC.

1) Battery won’t hold a charge

There are few laptop problems more frustrating than the inability to hold a charge. Some laptops simply refuse to be charged up. Or, worse, they may tell you that they’re charged up before running out of juice just a few minutes after being unplugged.

This is a serious problem, and unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to fix. After making sure that your battery is firmly connected to your laptop and that the electrical socket in your house is working properly, there is only one thing left to do: replace the laptop battery. Laptop battery replacements can be found on your manufacturer’s website. Some tech companies sell them for a lot of money, while others give you a better deal.

Go to your laptop manufacturer’s website and search for ‘replacement battery’. Remember: if the price of the battery is too high, you can always just purchase another laptop. In many cases, that could be the more cost-effective solution.

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