I’m submitting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need additional steps until they may be removed; typically a web search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain support, if you can’t find a answer.
Step 2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unanticipated, the problem might rest there. Check this by completely removing it. A smart user will typically perform a internet search about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible trouble with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the World wide web. A very recent study showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the definitions of your anti spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will regularly operate several of these applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A listing of really good, free antispyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help files that clarify how they work too as the special characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launch on startup. You computer can become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature that allows them to be exposed quickly; other programs may comprise 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 requires a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
You can use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you do not want, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your Desktop also take a small number of trunk time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would contain the additional maintenance stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of programs to help do this. For the most part, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you can do significant damage by creating registry modifications, so this step isn’t included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend 0x80030009.
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you’ll find a marked enhancement in computer functionality.