I’m 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 lack of maintenance, because many readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and run a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections require additional measures before they can be removed; typically a internet search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step 2. If the slowness is surprising, and you have recently saved an application, the problem might dwell there. Test this by completely removing it. A wise user will generally perform a websearch about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible problem with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your personal computer’s functionality, and these are around the Internet.
Update the explanations of your anti spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will frequently operate two or three of the applications, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A set of very great, free antispyware applications is given 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 applications have very great Help files that clarify how they function as well as the unique characteristics of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You computer can be a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-launch feature which enables them to be opened fast; other programs will contain an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
Remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is needed, optional, or unnecessary, in case you are unsure about what may be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols on your own Desktop also take a modest number of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Delete unused programs and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you threw 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 high level users: some professionals would contain the added maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several applications to help do that. For the most part, so this step is not contained, you may do serious harm by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a vital difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Step 6. Have it mend Alocate Resources Win Xp.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will place 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 programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you will see a noticeable improvement in pc functionality.