I’m posting a summary record of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because several readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is associated with downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas regularly.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require extra measures until they could be removed; ordinarily a web search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain help.
Step 2. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you have recently saved an application, the issue might dwell there. Check this by completely removing it. A user will typically perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential difficulty with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are around 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 victims.
Revise the explanations of your anti-spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will routinely run two or three of the programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A list of really great, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing 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 very good Help files that explain how they operate too as the special features of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launch on startup. You pc may become a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature that allows them to be exposed rapidly; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Each of these decreases your launching Windows and each needs a little bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest way to examine and than to handle start-ups will be to utilize one of many little utilities available (see the BC list of free programs). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you don’t need, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. In case you are unsure about what can be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the questioned item is required, discretionary, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that those icons in your Background also take a modest number of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to help do that. For the most part, registry care won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you may do serious damage by creating registry changes, so this step is not contained
Step 6. Have it mend Linen Management.
Action 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you will find a marked improvement in computer operation.