I am submitting a summary checklist of general things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because several readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections need extra measures before they could be removed; ordinarily a internet search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain help.
Step Two. If the slowness is sudden, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may live there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A user will generally perform a web search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your personal computer’s operation, and these are around the Web. A very recent study indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the definitions of your anti-spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will often operate 2 or 3 of these programs, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of very good, free anti-spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite great Help files that describe how they work as well as the distinctive attributes of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-start on startup. You computer can be a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-launch feature that allows them to be exposed rapidly; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
The easiest approach to examine and than to manage start ups would be to work with one of the many small resources available (see the BC list of free applications). If you are unsure about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is required, discretionary, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced level users: some professionals would include the added care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to assist do this. For the most part, so this measure is not contained, you can do severe harm by creating registry modifications, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Liveupdate.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to set new documents in any available open space; defragging will set related sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.