I’m submitting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and operate a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need additional measures before they can be removed; normally a web search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to request support, if you cannot find a answer.
Step 2. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the problem might reside there. Check this by totally eliminating it. A user will typically perform a websearch about the program before getting because in most instances, any potential issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s operation, and these are throughout the World wide web. A very recent research indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Update the definitions of your antispyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will frequently operate 2 or 3 of the 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 anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really great Help documents that clarify how they work too as the unique attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation apps that self-launch on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a quick-start feature which enables them to be exposed immediately; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
You can 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. Remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, elective, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what could be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your own Desktop also take a small number of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have 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 delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the additional upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to assist do that. For the most part, so this step isn’t contained, you may do significant harm by making registry modifications, registry care won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Action 6. Have it mend Memory Leak Find.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put new files in any available open space; defragging will place associated sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you’ll find a marked improvement in computer performance.