I am submitting a summary record of general steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas regularly.
Stage 1. Update the explanations of your antivirus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses need extra steps before they may be removed; usually a internet search will locate specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request assistance, if you cannot find a answer.
Step Two. If the slowness is unexpected, and you have recently saved an application, the issue might dwell there. Test this by entirely removing it. A user will usually perform a internet search about the program before getting because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are around the World wide web.
Update the explanations of your antispyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will consistently operate two or three of the applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A list of very good, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Stage 4. Evaluation apps that self-launch on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature which allows them to be opened rapidly; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest way to examine and than to handle start-ups would be to-use one of the numerous small resources available (see the BC list of free applications). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you usually do not need, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. In case you are uncertain about what could be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is required, optional, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to set themselves.
Absence of Care
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would include the additional care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of apps to help try this. For the most part, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you may do serious harm by creating registry modifications, so this step isn’t included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Pc Care.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.