I am posting a summary listing of basic things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches in a timely manner.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and run a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need additional measures until they may be removed; typically a websearch will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
2. If the slowness is abrupt, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may reside there. Check this by completely removing it. A user will normally perform a internet search about the program before downloading it because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Net. A very recent study showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the explanations of your antispyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will consistently operate 2 or 3 of these applications, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A listing of very great, free anti-spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve 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 clarify how they operate as well as the distinctive features of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-launch on startup. You pc can be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which allows them to be opened instantly; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
Remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, optional, or not needed, in case you are uncertain about what can be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your own Background also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the additional maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to help try this. For the most part, so this step isn’t contained, you may do serious damage by creating registry modifications, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you’re very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair 0x307c97c2.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will place associated sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will see a marked improvement in pc functionality.