Possibly the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to 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 patches in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require additional measures until they may be removed; ordinarily a web search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain help, if you can’t find a answer.
Step 2. If the slowness is surprising, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue might rest there. Test this by entirely eliminating it. A sensible user will typically perform a internet search about the program before installing because in most cases, any potential issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the World wide web.
Seasoned customers will routinely operate several of these programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A set of really good, free anti spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You computer may become a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that allows them to be exposed fast; other programs may include an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a little bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you usually do not need. Remember that BC maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the questioned item is needed, elective, or unnecessary, if you are uncertain about what may be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols on your Desktop also take a modest number of boot time to set themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you threw 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 professionals would comprise the added upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to assist do that. For the most part, so this measure is not contained, you may do significant harm by creating registry changes, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you’re quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Stage 6. Have it mend Solve Fatal Application Error.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a marked enhancement in computer functionality.