Perhaps the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas regularly.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need extra steps until they can be removed; normally a websearch will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the Bc forums to request assistance.
Step 2. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the problem might rest there. Check this by totally removing it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most cases, any potential issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are around the Web.
Revise the explanations of your antispyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will consistently operate two or three of these programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of very great, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
Stage 4. Review applications that self-start on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature which enables them to be opened instantly; other programs may contain an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your launching Windows and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The easiest method to examine and than to handle startups is to work with one of the many small utilities available (see the BC list of free applications). If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you usually do not want. Remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is needed, optional, or unnecessary, in case you are unsure about what may be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Desktop also take a small amount of trunk time to place themselves.
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Step 5. Delete unused programs and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have 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.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would contain the added care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of applications to assist do this. For the most part, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry, you can do significant damage by making registry changes, so this step isn’t included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair 0x80048298.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a marked improvement in pc functionality.