I am submitting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because many readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require extra measures before they may be removed; usually a web search will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the Bc forums to obtain support.
2. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the problem may rest there. Test this by fully eliminating it. A smart user will typically perform a websearch about the application before getting because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your personal computer’s operation, and these are around the Web. A very recent research showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Revise the definitions of your anti spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will consistently run two or three of the programs, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A record of very good, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really great Help files that explain how they function also as the distinctive features of each.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You pc may become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature that enables them to be opened quickly; other programs may include an automatic 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.
You can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you don’t want, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, discretionary, or unnecessary, in case you are uncertain about what may be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons in your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the added maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of programs to help do this. For the most part, so this step is not contained, you can do significant damage by creating registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Stage 6. Have it repair Diagnostic Window.
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.