I am posting a summary record of general things you can do to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections regularly.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some infections require additional measures until they could be removed; typically a internet search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to request help.
2. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue may reside there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the Net.
Update the definitions of your anti-spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will consistently run several of these applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A list of very great, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really great Help documents that clarify how they function also as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You pc can become a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature that allows them to be opened quickly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your debut Windows and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The easiest approach to examine and than to handle startups will be to use one of many small utilities available (see the Bc list of free applications). If you’re unsure about what may be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is needed, optional, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols on your own Background also take a small amount of trunk time to place themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for sophisticated users: some experts would comprise the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to help do this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a vital difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry, you may do severe damage by making registry modifications, so this step is not included
Stage 6. Have it mend The Specified Protocol Is Not Supported.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to set new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated sections of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while boosting up applications.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer performance.