Possibly the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
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 issues. Note that some infections require extra steps until they could be removed; generally a web search will locate specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step Two. If the sluggishness is surprising, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem may live there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will generally perform a internet search about the program before installing because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Net. A very recent research showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Seasoned users will frequently run several of these applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A list of very good, free anti spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-launch on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature which permits them to be exposed instantly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each needs a small bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest method to review and than to manage start-ups is to work with one of many small utilities available (see the Bc list of free apps). Remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, elective, or not needed, if you are uncertain about what may be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your own Desktop also take a modest number of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some specialists would include the additional care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several programs to assist do this. For the most part, so this step is not contained, you can do severe damage by creating registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a significant difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Object Deleted:ntobject Server:tnthandle Id:tntprocess Id:tn.
Step 7. Defragment your computer. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will set related sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while boosting up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will see a marked improvement in computer performance.