To establish whether it is a problem that is affecting you, when your computer next slows down press Ctrl Alt Del and select Task Manager.(Alternatively, right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager.) Note that this may take some time to open with the drive being slow.
On the first tab, Processes, look for the Disk column.
Wait a few moments and then check your Task Manager.
The latest versions of Windows have a problem with the drives being overworked, which slows down the operating system.
We’ve also made this guide available in video form, if you’d rather watch: This performance issue is most obvious when attempting to use Search (Windows key Q) to find a file or program, and anything else that requires the drive to do some work (perhaps copying and pasting a group of files).
It is, quite frankly, one of the most vulnerable aspects of modern computing, an attack vector that just keeps on giving.
It also seems to be one of the most common culprits for the maxed out, 100% hard disk usage in Windows 10 and the earlier Windows 8.x, if you’re using the Google Chrome browser.
Try restarting the Chrome browser if this is still an issue.
However, as Chrome updates silently, and without your involvement, this may not work.
Hopefully, you’ve resolved the issue; if not, then malware wasn’t to blame, so read on.
The next thing to check is whether the problem has to do with Windows Search.
In the Services window that opens find the Windows Search entry and double-click it to open the Windows Search Properties window. If not, move on…For some reason, the superfetch service has been identified as a potential cause of these disk performance issues in Windows 8.x and Windows 10.