I’m posting a summary listing of general things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections require additional measures until they may be removed; generally a websearch will locate specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the Bc forums to request help.
2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unexpected, the problem might live there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A user will typically perform a web search about the program before downloading it because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are around the Net. A very recent study indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Experienced customers will frequently run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of very great, free antispyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Stage 4. Review programs that self-start on startup. You computer can be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature which enables them to be opened immediately; other programs may 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 assets while your computer is running.
If you’re unsure about what could be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the questioned item is required, discretionary, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a small number of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few examples 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 experts would contain the additional upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to help do that. For the most part, so this step is not included, you can do serious damage by making registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Diagnostic Net.
Action 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to set new documents in any available open space; defragging will set associated segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up programs.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a noticeable improvement in pc operation.