I’m posting a summary record 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 several readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas in a timely manner.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need extra measures before they may be removed; ordinarily a internet search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
Step Two. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you have recently saved an application, the issue may rest there. Check this by totally eliminating it. A wise user will normally perform a internet search about the program before getting because in most instances, any possible problem with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your computer’s performance, and these are all over the Web.
Revise the explanations of your anti spyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will frequently operate 2 or 3 of the programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of quite great, free anti spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite good Help files that describe how they operate too as the unique attributes of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-start on startup. You pc may become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which permits them to be opened swiftly; other programs will contain an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
In case you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the inquired item is required, optional, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to set themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced level users: some professionals would contain the added maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to assist do this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you may do severe damage by making registry changes, so this step is not included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Error_ds_insufficient_attr_to_create_object.
Step 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to put new documents in any available open space; defragging will place associated sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.