I’m publishing a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because many readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a poorly 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 declining to install security patches regularly.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections need extra measures before they can be removed; normally a web search will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step 2. You have recently saved an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the issue might dwell there. Test this by fully eliminating it. A user will generally perform a web search about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet. A very recent research showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the definitions of your anti-spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will routinely run two or three of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of quite good, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have really great Help files that explain how they work also as the unique characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-start on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature that allows them to be exposed promptly; other programs will include an automated 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.
If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you don’t want. Remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, optional, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what can be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols on your own Background also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced users: some specialists would comprise the additional maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several apps to help do that. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry, you can do significant harm by creating registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Action 6. Have it mend Memory Write Protection.
Step 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a noticeable enhancement in pc operation.