I’m publishing 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 come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to 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 patches in a timely manner.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need additional measures until they may be removed; usually a internet search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the Bc forums to request support.
Step 2. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the problem may live there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will normally perform a web search about the program before getting because in most instances, any potential issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Net.
Seasoned users will routinely run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A listing of really good, free anti-spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
Step 4. Review programs that self-start on startup. You computer can be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature that allows them to be exposed promptly; other programs may comprise an automatic update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to handle start-ups would be to-use one of many little utilities available (see the BC list of free programs). If you’re unsure about what could be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the inquired item is required, optional, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your Desktop also take a modest number of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some experts would include the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of applications to assist try this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you are very comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you may do significant harm by creating registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair 0xfffffa87.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer. Windows will set new documents in any available open space; defragging will set associated sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you’ll see a noticeable enhancement in computer operation.