How Do I Fix My Computer That Keeps Freezing?

By Juderson Jean-Baptiste

Freezes, or lags in computer performance, often result from excessive program files, malware and unattended registry settings. Fortunately, you can optimize your computer for the best performance.

Step 1

Disable irrelevant startup programs. Go to the Start menu, and click on the "Run" application. Type "msconfig" into the search bar and proceed. Go to the "Startup" tab and delete any startup programs you find unsuitable. Select diagnostic startup to load basic devices and services for the best performance.

Step 2

Simplify the interface of your operating system. Go to the Start menu, and right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties." Go to the "Advanced" tab, and access the system performance settings. Select the option that adjusts your computer for optimal performance.

Step 3

Scan your computer for malware. Run and update your antivirus software. Scan and delete malware regularly to prevent your computer from freezing.

Step 4

Optimize the registry settings to enhance performance. Go to the Start menu and open the "Run" application. Type "regedit" into the search bar to open the Windows registry editor. Expand the "HKEY_CURRENT USER" folder, and click on "Software." Delete the registry settings of the programs you find unsuitable.

Step 5

Defrag your hard drive for better computer performance. Go to the Start menu, and click on "My Computer." Right-click on your main hard drive, and select "Properties." Go to the "Tools" tab, and click on "Defragment Now." Allow the defragment process to complete, the time for which depends on your computer speed and the amount of files on your hard drive.