I’m posting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need extra steps until they can be removed; ordinarily a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain help.
Step Two. If the slowness is abrupt, and you have recently saved an application, the problem may rest there. Test this by entirely removing it. A wise user will usually perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are around the Internet. A very recent research indicated 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 sufferers.
Update the definitions of your anti spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will consistently run 2 or 3 of the applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A set of really good, free anti-spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very good Help documents that clarify how they work too as the unique attributes of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-start on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature that enables them to be opened quickly; other programs will include an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your launch Windows and each needs a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
If you are uncertain about what can be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the questioned item is needed, elective, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files to a 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 put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would include the additional maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of programs to help try this. For the most part, so this measure is not included, you may do significant damage by creating registry modifications, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix All Runtime Errors.
Step 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you’ll see a noticeable enhancement in pc functionality.