I am posting a summary listing of basic things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need extra measures before they can be removed; usually a websearch will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain help, if you cannot find a solution.
Step Two. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the problem might dwell there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will usually perform a web search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are around the World wide web.
Revise the definitions of your anti spyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will routinely operate 2 or 3 of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A set of very great, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You pc can be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which permits them to be exposed instantly; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your launching Windows and each requires a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to handle startups is to-use one of the numerous little resources available (see the Bc list of free programs). If you’re unsure about what can be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, elective, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your own Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would contain the additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several programs to help do that. For the most part, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry, you may do significant damage by making registry modifications, so this measure is not contained
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Park Clean Up.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put 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, since you have have concluded, you’ll see a marked enhancement in computer performance.