I’m submitting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and run a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need additional steps before they may be removed; ordinarily a websearch will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request support, if you cannot find a solution.
Step 2. If the slowness is surprising, and you’ve recently saved an application, the issue may dwell there. Check this by completely eliminating it. A user will typically perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential trouble with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are around the Web. A very recent research indicated 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 sufferers.
Revise the explanations of your antispyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will often run several of the programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A record of quite great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You pc may be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-launch feature which permits them to be opened promptly; other programs will include an automated update feature that requires 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, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you do not need. If you are unsure about what could be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that contains information 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 amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced users: some experts would include the added upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of programs to assist do this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you can do significant harm by creating registry changes, so this measure is not included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Odbc — Call Failed. Error 3146.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to set new documents in any available open space; defragging will set affiliated segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll find a marked improvement in computer functionality.