I am publishing a summary listing of basic things you can do to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually 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 failing to install security sections regularly.
Step 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses need additional steps until they can be removed; typically a websearch will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the Bc forums to obtain help.
2. If the slowness is abrupt, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue might dwell there. Check this by totally removing it. A sensible user will generally perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most cases, any possible difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s operation, and these are all over the World wide web. A very recent research indicated 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.
Seasoned customers will consistently operate 2 or 3 of the applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A record of really great, free anti-spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite great Help files that describe how they operate too as the special features of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-launch on startup. You computer may be a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature which allows them to be exposed rapidly; other programs will comprise an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The easiest approach to review and than to manage start ups is to use one of many little utilities available (see the BC list of free apps). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you usually do not want, if, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the questioned item is required, discretionary, or not needed, if you’re uncertain about what could be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some experts would include the additional maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of programs to help try this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you may do significant damage by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair 0x800700a1.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to set new files in any available open space; defragging will place related segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you will find a marked enhancement in computer performance.