I am posting a summary record of general steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses require additional steps until they may be removed; generally a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
Step Two. If the slowness is surprising, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may rest there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A user will usually perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over the World wide web.
Seasoned customers will frequently operate 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A set of quite great, free anti spyware programs is supplied 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 programs have very good Help documents that describe how they function also as the special attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature that enables them to be exposed instantly; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to manage start-ups is to utilize one of the numerous small utilities available (see the Bc list of free apps). Remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the inquired item is required, optional, or unnecessary, if you’re uncertain about what could be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols in your Background also take a modest number of boot time to set themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have 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 sophisticated users: some specialists would comprise the additional upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to help do that. For the most part, so this step isn’t contained, you may do serious harm by making registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a significant difference, and unless you’re quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry
Action 6. Have it mend Outlook Express Cannot Delete.
Action 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a marked improvement in computer functionality.