Possibly the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is associated with downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security sections regularly.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses need extra steps before they could be removed; usually a web search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the BC forums to request assistance.
Step Two. If the slowness is abrupt, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the issue might live there. Check this by fully removing it. A wise user will usually perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are around the Web.
Seasoned users will frequently operate two or three of these applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of quite good, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very good Help documents that explain how they operate also as the special characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launching on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature which permits them to be exposed fast; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
If you’re unsure about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is needed, optional, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that those symbols on your own Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for sophisticated users: some professionals would contain the additional care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to assist do this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you may do serious damage by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a significant difference, and unless you are very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair 0x0b8af5ec.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will set associated sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up programs.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a noticeable improvement in computer operation.