Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally 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 declining to install security patches regularly.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require extra steps before they may be removed; usually a websearch will find specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to request support, if you fail to find a solution.
Step 2. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is sudden, the problem might live there. Test this by completely removing it. A sensible user will normally perform a web search about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Internet.
Update the definitions of your antispyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will often operate two or three of these applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A set of really good, free antispyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really good Help files that describe how they operate also as the special features of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-start on startup. You pc can become a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature which allows them to be opened rapidly; other programs may comprise an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each needs a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to manage start ups is to-use one of the numerous little utilities available (see the Bc list of free programs). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you do not need, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the inquired item is needed, optional, or unnecessary, if you’re uncertain about what can be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Background also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and exchange 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 that old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some experts would comprise the additional upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to help do that. For the most part, registry care will not make a major difference, and unless you are very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you may do severe harm by making registry modifications, so this step is not included
Action 6. Have it repair About Error 298.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you will see a marked improvement in computer operation.