I’m posting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections in a timely manner.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need extra steps until they may be removed; ordinarily a websearch will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the BC forums to request assistance.
2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the problem may reside there. Check this by completely eliminating it. A user will normally perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most cases, any potential problem with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are around the Web. A very recent research showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Seasoned users will often operate several of these programs, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of really good, free antispyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You computer can become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature that permits them to be opened swiftly; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of assets while your computer is running.
If you’re uncertain about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is required, optional, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your own Background also take a small amount of trunk time to place themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced level users: some experts would contain the additional upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to help do this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry, you may do significant harm by creating registry changes, so this step is not included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix 0x000000de 0x00000002.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to set new files in any available open space; defragging will place associated sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you will find a marked enhancement in computer performance.