I’m publishing a summary record of basic steps you can take 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 most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with 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 sections regularly.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require additional measures until they could be removed; ordinarily a web search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain assistance, if you can’t find a answer.
Step Two. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the problem might dwell there. Check this by totally removing it. A sensible user will usually perform a web search about the application before installing because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s operation, and these are throughout the Internet.
Seasoned customers will regularly run two or three of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A listing of really great, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Step 4. Review applications that self-launch on startup. You computer can be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which allows them to be exposed swiftly; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your debut Windows and each needs a small bit of assets while your computer is running.
You may use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you do not want, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. In case you are unsure about what could be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, optional, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Background also take a small number of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would comprise the additional upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of applications to assist do this. For the most part, registry care won’t make a vital difference, and unless you are very comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you may do significant harm by making registry modifications, so this step is not included
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Kb948127 W7.
Action 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a marked enhancement in computer performance.