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10 Things That Are Slowing Your Computer WAY Down—and the Easy Fixes

Reader's Digest Logo By Nancy Dunham of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 10: Make sure that spyware, malware (malicious software), or a virus hasn't infected your computer. The symptoms are <a href='http://www.rd.com/advice/work-career/how-to-make-your-computer-faster/1'>slow processing</a>, a new home page on your web browser that you didn't actively choose, messages that you are infected from a program other than your anti-virus program, or unsolicited offers for extra software when you're not using a web browser, according to Michael Schwehr, founder of <a href='http://www.jumpstartcomputing.com'>JumpStart Computing</a> in Alexandria, Virginia. Scan your computer with your the anti-virus program you already have (Windows 10 comes with it's own anti-virus program incorporated into <a href='https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-defender'>Windows Defender</a>), or download additional malware-detecting programs such as <a href='https://www.malwarebytes.com/business/'>Malwarebytes Anti-Malware</a> or <a href='https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/freescan.aspx'>McAfee Security Scan Plus</a>. Watch out for these <a href='http://www.rd.com/advice/work-career/internet-security-scams/1'>Internet security risks</a>, straight from the cyberscammers themselves.

Check for malware

Make sure that spyware, malware (malicious software), or a virus hasn't infected your computer. The symptoms are slow processing, a new home page on your web browser that you didn't actively choose, messages that you are infected from a program other than your anti-virus program, or unsolicited offers for extra software when you're not using a web browser, according to Michael Schwehr, founder of JumpStart Computing in Alexandria, Virginia. Scan your computer with your the anti-virus program you already have (Windows 10 comes with it's own anti-virus program incorporated into Windows Defender), or download additional malware-detecting programs such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or McAfee Security Scan Plus. Watch out for these Internet security risks, straight from the cyberscammers themselves.
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