I’m publishing a summary listing of general steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Revise the explanations 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 steps until they may be removed; generally a websearch will find specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you cannot find a answer.
Step Two. If the slowness is sudden, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the issue might reside there. Check this by completely eliminating it. A smart user will generally perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are throughout the Internet. A very recent research indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Revise the explanations of your anti-spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will frequently run several of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of very great, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help documents that describe how they operate too as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature that enables them to be opened swiftly; other programs may comprise 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 needs a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
If you are unsure about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, optional, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Care
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some specialists would contain the additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to assist do this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you may do severe damage by creating registry changes, so this measure is not included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Recover Files From Ntfs.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will set new files in any available open space; defragging will set related sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while boosting up programs.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.