I am publishing a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security sections in a timely manner.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require additional steps before they may be removed; typically a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to request support, if you fail to find a solution.
Step Two. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is unanticipated, the problem may rest there. Test this by entirely removing it. A wise user will normally perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are all over the Net.
Update the definitions of your antispyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced 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 set. (A list of really great, free antispyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Stage 4. Evaluation apps that self-launch on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a quick-start feature which allows them to be exposed fast; other programs will comprise an automatic update feature that requires them to be working 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 easiest way to examine and than to handle startups will be to-use one of the many small utilities available (see the BC list of free apps). If you are unsure about what may be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the inquired item is needed, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your Background also take a small number of trunk time to put themselves.
Absence of Care
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you have not 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 remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would comprise the added upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several apps to assist do that. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry, you may do significant harm by creating registry modifications, so this step isn’t contained
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Perflib Errors In Vista.
Action 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable enhancement in computer performance.