Don’t Let System Slowdowns Ruin Your Game

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎10-05-2012 10:43 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 09:57 AM by Geek Squad Agent (11,632 Views)

Tip #1: Too many programs means too many slowdowns


Check through the programs installed on your computer and look for ones that are setup to automatically start up when the system does. (Instant messaging programs commonly do this.)

Change the settings under the program preferences to not start when Windows boots. If you find you never really use the program, go ahead and uninstall it.


Tip #2: Stop malicious software from ruining your fun


Viruses, spyware, adware and other forms of malware can compromise your private information, cause issues with your files, and tank your system performance. Make sure that you have an antivirus protection program that is up to date and set to scan your system at least once a week.

You can also double-check that your system is clean by using the free scanning tools we have on our Do It Yourself page.


Tip #3: Software drivers for your hardware


Your video card can may be powerful, but it is still limited by the software drivers that allow the computer to talk to it. Make sure you have the latest software drivers for your video card by checking the update site from the company that makes your video card.

Use our Drivers and Updates page to find the resources for your hardware. Don’t forget to check for updates for the rest of your system, like your sound cards.


Tip #4: Check your online speed in multiplayer


Your computer can be running at peak performance, but if the data bits going into and out of your house are slower than expected, it can make your game appear lagged. Use a free online site like to check whether your broadband speeds are up to what you’re paying for. If not, give your Internet Service Provider (ISP) a call to have them check into your connection issues.


These tips will help you get the most out of the technology you already have. Still need more help getting your PC into top performance shape for your latest frag fest? Our Agents at the Precinct in your local Best Buy, online at or at 1-800 GEEK SQUAD can help.

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