I’m submitting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and run a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses require additional measures until they can be removed; generally a internet search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step Two. You have recently saved an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the problem may reside there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will typically perform a web search about the program before installing because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are around the World wide web.
Seasoned users will regularly operate two or three of the programs, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (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 programs have really good Help documents that explain how they operate also as the distinctive attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You pc can be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature which permits them to be opened instantly; other programs will comprise 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 resources while your computer is running.
The simplest approach to examine and than to handle start-ups will be to use one of the many small utilities available (see the BC list of free programs). If you’re unsure about what may be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the inquired item is required, optional, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your Background also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and move old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, 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 sophisticated users: some experts would include the additional care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of apps to assist do that. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you can do serious damage by making registry modifications, so this step isn’t included
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Error: Hardware Error 12293..
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a marked enhancement in computer performance.