I’m publishing a summary record of basic steps you can take 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 responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections regularly.
Stage 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need extra measures until they can be removed; normally a websearch will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain assistance, if you fail to find a solution.
2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unanticipated, the problem may reside there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A user will normally perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are around the Web. A very recent research indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Experienced customers will frequently operate 2 or 3 of the programs, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A listing of quite good, free antispyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really great Help documents that describe how they function too as the special attributes of each.
Stage 4. Review programs that self-launch on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-start feature which enables them to be exposed fast; other programs may contain an automatic update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each needs a little bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The easiest way to review and than to handle start-ups would be to use one of the numerous little resources available (see the Bc list of free apps). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you don’t want, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, elective, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what can be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols in your Background also take a small amount of trunk time to place themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused applications and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced level users: some specialists would contain the added upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to assist do this. For the most part, so this step isn’t contained, you can do significant damage by making registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Stage 6. Have it repair Repair Project.
Action 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.