I’m posting a summary listing of basic steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a badly 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 failing to install security patches in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Revise the explanations of your anti-virus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses require extra measures before they can be removed; typically a internet search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain help.
2. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem may reside there. Check this by completely eliminating it. A sensible user will typically perform a web search about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential issue with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet.
Seasoned users will consistently run several of the applications, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A record of really great, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite great Help files that clarify how they function too as the unique characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-start on startup. You computer may be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature which enables them to be exposed rapidly; other programs will comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each requires a little bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest way to examine and than to manage start-ups will be to-use one of the many small utilities available (see the BC list of free applications). Remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, if you are uncertain about what can be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those symbols in your Desktop also take a modest amount of trunk time to place themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t found 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 level users: some specialists would contain the added maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of apps to assist do this. For the most part, registry care won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry, you may do severe damage by creating registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Odbc ?? Connection To Name Failed. (error 3151) Windows 7.
Action 7. Defragment your pc. Windows tends to put new documents in any available open space; defragging will place related segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up programs.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a noticeable improvement in pc operation.