I’m posting a summary checklist of basic things you can do to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because several readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need additional measures before they can be removed; ordinarily a web search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you can’t find a solution.
Step Two. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is sudden, the issue may rest there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most instances, any possible problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s operation, and these are around the Internet.
Revise the definitions of your anti-spyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will often run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A record of quite great, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have really great Help documents that explain how they function too as the distinctive features of each.
Stage 4. Review applications that self-launching on startup. You computer may become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which enables them to be exposed quickly; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be running 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 review and than to manage startups will be to work with one of many little utilities available (see the Bc list of free apps). If, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you usually do not need. If you’re unsure about what could be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is required, elective, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons in your Background also take a modest number of trunk time to put themselves.
Absence of Care
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for sophisticated users: some experts would comprise the added care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several applications to assist do this. For the most part, so this measure is not contained, you can do serious damage by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Stage 6. Have it repair 5004 (0x138c).
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will set related segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while boosting up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a marked improvement in pc performance.