Possibly the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches in a timely manner.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require extra measures until they can be removed; normally a websearch will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request help, if you fail to find a solution.
Step Two. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is sudden, the issue may dwell there. Check this by fully removing it. A wise user will usually perform a websearch about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Internet. A very recent research indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the definitions of your anti spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will routinely run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A listing of very great, free anti-spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really good Help files that clarify how they work too as the special attributes of each.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which enables them to be opened promptly; other programs will 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 little bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
The simplest 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 lets you to show off any you don’t need, if, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the inquired item is required, elective, or not needed, if you’re unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some experts would include the additional upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of programs to assist do this. For the most part, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you’re very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry, you may do serious damage by creating registry modifications, so this step isn’t included
Action 6. Have it mend Error 2083.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a marked enhancement in computer functionality.