I am posting a summary record of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security sections in a timely manner.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need additional steps until they can be removed; usually a web search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request support, if you fail to find a answer.
Step 2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is sudden, the issue may live there. Check this by fully removing it. A smart user will typically perform a web search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s operation, and these are all over the Net.
Revise the definitions of your antispyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will consistently operate 2 or 3 of the programs, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A listing of very great, free antispyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite good Help files that describe how they function as well as the special characteristics of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You pc can become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature which allows them to be opened instantly; other programs may contain an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your launching Windows and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you do not need. Remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the inquired item is required, optional, or not needed, if you’re unsure about what could be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those symbols on your own Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for sophisticated users: some specialists would include the additional maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of programs to assist do this. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you can do severe damage by creating registry modifications, registry care will not make a major difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry
Action 6. Have it fix Rsync Error Codes.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a marked improvement in pc performance.