I’m submitting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require extra steps before they could be removed; usually a internet search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain support.
2. If the slowness is surprising, and you’ve recently saved an application, the issue might reside there. Test this by completely removing it. A wise user will normally perform a web search about the application before getting because in most cases, any potential issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s operation, and these are throughout the 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 bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the definitions of your anti spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will routinely operate several of these applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A record of quite great, free anti spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite good Help files that clarify how they function too as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-start on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-launch feature that permits them to be opened quickly; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each requires a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
The simplest method to review and than to handle start ups will be to utilize one of the numerous small utilities available (see the Bc list of free programs). Remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what may be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Background also take a modest number of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, 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 types of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced users: some professionals would contain the additional care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of applications to help do this. For the most part, so this step is not contained, you may do significant damage by creating registry changes, registry care will not make a major difference, and unless you’re very comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry
Action 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a marked enhancement in pc functionality.