inherited a 6 month old laptop that is super slow. are the specs bad or is

By daanishyork ·
Tags: Windows, Hardware
My Dad gave me his slightly used laptop. It's functioning way slower than I'd expect a lightly used one to so I'm wondering if there's some kinda problem that can be fixed (viruses etc) or whether it's the specs themselves that are a problem.

I've done a virus and malware scan so that's not specifically the problem. Just bringing that up as an option since I don't know what else the issue could be.

Also of note that this computer is technically 2 years old. Jan 2018. It was used for 6 mths, given to me mid 2018, and I just started using it now.

These are the specs:
Acer Aspire 3
AMD Dual-Core A9-9420 with Turbo CORE Tech up to 3.6 GHz
AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
6 GB DDR4 Memory

One more thing to note is that it's pretty loud at times (whirring sound, not speakers), and then goes completely silent at times. Not sure why there's such a variability. I wonder if that's a necessary processing sound or could that be because of dust building up inside?

I hope someone can advise! If the specs just suck then maybe it's time I actually bought something new from Best Buy.

Also is there a site I can input computer configurations into to compare speeds? I don't know how to make sense of chip speeds, and whether a bit of an increase in chip speed is more or less imp than a 2 GB increase in RAM etc. So it would help to be able to enter details somewhere.
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