I am posting a summary listing of general steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches in a timely manner.
Action 1. Revise the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need additional steps until they could be removed; usually a web search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
2. If the slowness is abrupt, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the issue might rest there. Check this by fully removing it. A sensible user will typically perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most cases, any possible difficulty with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are all over the Net. A very recent study showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Experienced customers will regularly run two or three of these applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A list of really good, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite great Help files that explain how they function also as the special characteristics of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which enables them to be exposed quickly; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Each of these decreases your debut Windows and each requires a small bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
If, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you don’t need. In case you are uncertain about what can be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your own Background also take a modest number of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would contain the additional maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of applications to assist try this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t contained, you can do severe harm by making registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a vital difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair 0xfffffeb6.
Action 7. Defragment your pc. Windows tends to set new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will see a noticeable enhancement in pc functionality.