I’m submitting a summary record of general things you can do to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches in a timely manner.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your anti-virus and run a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need extra measures until they may be removed; usually a web search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain assistance, if you cannot find a solution.
Step Two. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may rest there. Test this by fully removing it. A user will generally perform a web search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any possible trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s performance, and these are around the Web.
Revise the explanations of your antispyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will often run several of the applications, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A record of quite good, free antispyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very good Help files that explain how they function also as the unique characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You computer can be a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which enables them to be opened rapidly; other programs may include an automated update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your debut Windows and each needs a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
You may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you don’t need, if, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary, if you are unsure about what can be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Background also take a small amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would comprise the additional care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to assist do that. For the most part, so this step is not included, you may do serious harm by creating registry changes, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix System32 Config System.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.