I am posting a summary record of basic things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections in a timely manner.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections require extra measures before they may be removed; usually a internet search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain support.
2. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you have recently saved an application, the issue might dwell there. Test this by fully removing it. A smart user will usually perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are around the Web.
Revise the definitions of your anti-spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will regularly run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A set of very good, free anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding 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 great Help documents that clarify how they function too as the unique characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You computer may be a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature that permits them to be exposed rapidly; 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 requires a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
The easiest approach to examine and than to manage start ups is to use one of the many little utilities available (see the Bc list of free apps). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you usually do not want, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is required, discretionary, or not needed, if you’re unsure about what could be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your Background also take a small number of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some specialists would include the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several applications to assist do this. For the most part, registry care won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry, you may do serious damage by making registry modifications, so this measure isn’t contained
Action 6. Have it mend Install Script Engine.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will place affiliated sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you will see a marked enhancement in pc performance.