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Laptop problems blamed on festive binges

Too many downloads have led to sluggish computers

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Home computers and laptops seem to be suffering the after-effects of festive excess, experts said today.

An increased number of owners have reported sluggish IT equipment this month, according to support service TechGuys.

More than 70% of callers to the TechGuys’ helplines in January have indicated that their PC is running slow, something that the TechGuys are attributing to an over-indulgence in downloads.

‘We’ve definitely seen an increase in what we describe as e-besity,’ said Tim Fairs, of TechGuys.

Many users are advising that their PCs are now taking longer to boot up and that routine tasks can be ‘like finding a pin in a crowded kitchen drawer’ as one caller described it.


TechGuys have said that when they have started to run diagnostics they had seen that many users have downloaded pictures, movies, songs and new software applications, all of which they say contribute to PCs running slow.

TechGuys are advising customers to take simple measures into improving the PC’s digestive tract such as checking the capacity of their hard drives and defragmenting the hard disk.

Mr Fairs added: ‘Our appetite for data is growing all the time and many of the things that we download can be stored in such a way that it doesn’t impact the PC or laptop’s performance.’

The TechGuys offer advice and repairs to digital technology ranging from PCs to TVs.

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