I am submitting a summary listing of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Revise the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need additional measures until they could be removed; ordinarily a web search will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain support, if you cannot find a solution.
Step 2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the problem may dwell there. Test this by entirely eliminating it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s performance, and these are around the World wide web. A very recent study indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the definitions of your antispyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will regularly operate two or three of these programs, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A listing of very good, free antispyware programs is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really good Help documents that explain how they function too as the special attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-start on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature which enables them to be opened swiftly; other programs may contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your launching Windows and each requires a small bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
Remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Background also take a small amount of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Care
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would include the additional maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of apps to assist try this. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you may do significant harm by creating registry changes, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair of the domain..
Action 7. Defragment your pc. Windows will set new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while boosting up applications.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll see a marked enhancement in pc operation.