I’m posting a summary record of basic steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is associated with downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security sections regularly.
Step 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses need extra steps until they may be removed; usually a web search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request assistance, if you fail to find a solution.
Step Two. If the slowness is unexpected, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the issue may dwell there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A smart user will typically perform a websearch about the program before getting because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Net. A very recent research showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Experienced customers will often run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of quite good, free anti-spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very great Help documents that describe how they work too as the unique attributes of each.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-launch on startup. You computer can be a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that permits them to be opened rapidly; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each needs a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
If, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you usually do not want. Remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is needed, elective, or unnecessary, if you are unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a modest number of trunk time to put themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced level users: some professionals would include the added upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several apps to help do this. For the most part, registry care won’t make a major difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry, you may do significant harm by making registry changes, so this step is not included
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Drive C Access Is Denied Because Xcopy O.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a marked enhancement in computer operation.