Perhaps the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections need extra steps until they may be removed; normally a websearch will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request assistance, if you cannot find a solution.
2. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem might rest there. Check this by totally eliminating it. A wise user will typically perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your personal computer’s operation, and these are around the Net. A very recent research 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 victims.
Update the explanations of your anti spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will consistently operate 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A list of quite great, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-start on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature which permits them to be opened fast; other programs will include an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each requires a little bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
The easiest approach to examine and than to manage start ups will be to work with one of the many small utilities available (see the Bc list of free apps). Remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is required, elective, or unnecessary, if you are uncertain about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Background also take a small amount of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would include the additional upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of applications to help do that. For the most part, so this measure isn’t contained, you can do significant damage by making registry changes, registry care won’t make a vital difference, and unless you are very comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry
Stage 6. Have it repair 0xfffffdc9.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.