I’m submitting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because several readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches regularly.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and operate a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses need additional measures until they could be removed; usually a internet search will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain support.
Step 2. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you have recently saved an application, the issue might live there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A smart user will typically perform a internet search about the application before installing 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 Internet.
Experienced customers will often run two or three of these programs, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A list of very good, free anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You pc can become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature which allows them to be opened promptly; other programs will include an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each needs a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest method to examine and than to handle start-ups would be to work with one of many little resources available (see the BC list of free applications). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you usually do not want, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary, in case you are unsure about what may be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your own Desktop also take a small amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have 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.
(Note for sophisticated users: some specialists would contain the additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several apps to assist do this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t contained, you may do severe damage by making registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Java Windows Password Update.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer performance.