I am submitting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the greatest contributor to a poorly 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 sections regularly.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need extra steps until they can be removed; normally a internet search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the Bc forums to request help.
2. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you have recently saved an application, the issue might dwell there. Check this by completely removing it. A user will generally perform a internet search about the program before installing because in most instances, any possible difficulty with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Net.
Seasoned users will regularly operate two or three of the programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A listing of quite good, free anti-spyware programs is given 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 very good Help files that describe how they function too as the special attributes of each.
Step 4. Review apps that self-launch on startup. You pc can become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature which allows them to be exposed fast; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
If you are unsure about what can be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your own Desktop also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and move old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you threw 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 sophisticated users: some experts would include the additional maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of applications to assist do that. For the most part, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry, you can do severe harm by making registry modifications, so this step isn’t contained
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix My Computer Format.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a marked enhancement in computer functionality.