Maybe the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas in a timely manner.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need additional steps before they could be removed; usually a web search will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request assistance, if you cannot find a answer.
Step Two. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the problem may live there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most cases, any potential trouble with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the Net. A very recent study indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the explanations of your antispyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will regularly operate two or three of these programs, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A list of really good, free anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launch on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature which enables them to be opened instantly; other programs may contain an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your launch Windows and each requires a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The easiest way to examine and than to handle start ups is to use one of many small utilities available (see the BC list of free applications). If, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you don’t need. If you are unsure about what can be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons in your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced users: some experts would comprise the additional care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to help do this. For the most part, registry care won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you may do significant harm by making registry modifications, so this step isn’t included
Action 6. Have it mend I.e. Erradicator.
Action 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a marked improvement in computer performance.