I am publishing a summary checklist of general things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require extra steps until they may be removed; typically a websearch will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain assistance, if you can’t find a solution.
2. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you’ve recently saved an application, the problem might live there. Test this by totally removing it. A user will typically perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any potential issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over the Internet.
Update the explanations of your antispyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will routinely run two or three of the programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A record of really good, free anti-spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
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 operate also as the distinctive attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-start on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which permits them to be opened instantly; other programs will include 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 little bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you usually do not need. In case you are uncertain about what could be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is needed, optional, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons in your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some specialists would comprise the additional maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to help do that. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry, you may do significant damage by making registry modifications, so this measure is not contained
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Cannot Find Drivers.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you will find a marked improvement in computer operation.