I’m publishing a summary listing of general things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need extra measures until they could be removed; typically a web search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
2. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may rest there. Check this by completely eliminating it. A user will typically perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s performance, and these are throughout the World wide web.
Revise the explanations of your anti spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will often operate several of the programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A set of quite good, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve 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 great Help documents that clarify how they function too as the distinctive features of each.
Stage 4. Review programs that self-start on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that enables them to be exposed promptly; other programs may include an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest method to review and than to handle start ups will be to work with one of the many little utilities available (see the Bc list of free programs). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you don’t need, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you are uncertain about what can be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is needed, elective, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons in your Background also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the added care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to assist do that. For the most part, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you may do severe harm by creating registry modifications, so this measure is not contained
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Pci Express Tuner.
Action 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll find a marked enhancement in pc performance.