I am publishing a summary checklist of general things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is associated with downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need extra steps until they could be removed; ordinarily a internet search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain help.
Step 2. If the slowness is surprising, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem may dwell there. Check this by completely removing it. A wise user will normally perform a internet search about the program before installing because in most instances, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s operation, and these are around the Internet. A very recent study indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Update the definitions of your anti spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will frequently operate two or three of the programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A listing of really good, free antispyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
Step 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-launch feature which allows them to be exposed swiftly; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each requires a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to handle start-ups will be to use one of the numerous little resources available (see the Bc list of free apps). If, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you do not want. Remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is required, optional, or not needed, in case you are unsure about what could be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your Desktop also take a small number of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would comprise the added care stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to help do that. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry, you can do significant harm by creating registry modifications, so this step isn’t included
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Repair Ndis.sys File Vista.
Action 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a marked enhancement in pc performance.