Computer owners are more likely to point the finger at antivirus or security applications compared to other software when they experience a slow-down in their PC's performance.
That's according to TechRadar Pro's latest survey, which found that 30% of respondents would blame such products should their PC start to lag.
In contrast, just 60 out of the 2805 people who took part in the survey said that they would criticise their productivity applications (Excel, Word etc) for degredation of performance.
The survey results are as follows:
- Internet/Web browser: 652 (23%)
- The operating system itself: 578 (21%)
- Content creation applications: 272 (10%)
- Others (e.g. Utilities): 215 (8%)
- Games: 210 (7%)
There are other reasons why your computer could grind to a halt, including an infestation of viruses and other malware; bloatware loaded by your PC manufacturer; dodgy drivers; browser-based adware contamination and hardware malfunction.
You can also check out the results of our previous Windows 10 surveys:
- Two-thirds of our readers plan to upgrade to Windows 10 in 2015
- Use antivirus? Our research shows you probably update it manually
- TechRadar readers are jumping on Windows 10 bandwagon
- TechRadar survey shows you don't want Windows 10 unless it's cheap
And there's still time to vote in our currently running surveys: