Because several readers reveal their computer responding slowly, I am posting a summary record of general things you can do to resolve the Eliminate Spywareproblem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care.
Perhaps the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches in a timely manner.
Step 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections need additional steps until they can be removed; generally a web search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to request assistance.
Step 2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the problem might reside there. Test this by completely removing it. A user will usually perform a internet search about the application before getting because in most cases, any possible problem with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are around the Web. A very recent research indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Experienced users will frequently run several of the applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A set of very great, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve 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 programs have really good Help documents that clarify how they operate too as the special features of each.
Step 4. Review apps that self-launching on startup. You pc can be a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature that permits them to be opened fast; other programs will include an automated update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each needs a little bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
The easiest way to review and than to handle start-ups will be to use one of many small resources available (see the BC list of free applications). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you usually do not want, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, if you are unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those symbols in your Desktop also take a modest amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have 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 sophisticated users: some experts would comprise the added maintenance stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to help try this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry, you can do serious harm by making registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Stage 6. Have it mend Eliminate Spyware.
Step 7. Defragment your pc. Windows will put new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up programs.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.