I am submitting a summary record of general things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections regularly.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need additional measures before they may be removed; usually a websearch will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the BC forums to request help.
Step Two. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem might dwell there. Test this by completely removing it. A user will normally perform a web search about the program before installing because in most instances, any potential problem with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s operation, and these are all over the Web. A very recent study showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Seasoned customers will often operate several of the applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A list of very good, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You pc may be a arena for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature that allows them to be exposed immediately; other programs may include an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each requires a little bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to manage start ups will be to utilize one of the numerous little resources available (see the BC list of free applications). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you do not want, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you’re unsure about what may be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons in your Background also take a small amount of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused programs and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some types 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 professionals would include the additional maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several apps to help try this. For the most part, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you can do serious harm by creating registry changes, so this step isn’t included
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Syntax error in ORDER BY clause..
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.