Because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly, I’m posting a summary record of general things you can do to solve the Free Spyware Protectionissue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care.
Maybe the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading a software that contains 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.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need additional steps until they may be removed; normally a websearch will locate specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain help, if you cannot find a answer.
2. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is unanticipated, the issue might rest there. Test this by fully eliminating it. A user will typically perform a websearch about the application before getting because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s operation, and these are around the Internet. A very recent research indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the definitions of your anti-spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will frequently operate 2 or 3 of these applications, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A record of really great, free anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Stage 4. Review applications that self-launch on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that permits them to be opened rapidly; other programs may include 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 small bit of resources while your computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to manage start ups would be to-use one of the numerous small utilities available (see the Bc list of free applications). If you’re uncertain about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, elective, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that all those icons in your Desktop also take a small amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some specialists would contain the additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several applications to assist do this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you may do serious damage by making registry changes, so this measure isn’t contained
Step 6. Have it repair Free Spyware Protection.
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a noticeable improvement in computer operation.