I am submitting a summary listing of basic things you can do to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require additional measures until they can be removed; ordinarily a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain help.
Step Two. If the slowness is sudden, and you’ve recently saved an application, the issue might dwell there. Test this by entirely removing it. A user will usually perform a web search about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the World wide web. A very recent study showed 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.
Seasoned users will regularly operate two or three of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A record of really good, free anti-spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help documents that describe how they operate also as the unique attributes of each.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You pc can become a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which permits them to be exposed immediately; other programs will contain an automated update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each needs a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest approach to review and than to handle start ups is to work with one of many small resources available (see the Bc list of free apps). If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you don’t need. Remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is required, optional, or not needed, if you’re uncertain about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those icons in your Background also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some experts would contain the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several applications to assist try this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry, you can do severe harm by making registry modifications, so this step isn’t included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Installation Error.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a marked improvement in pc performance.