Perhaps the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally 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 in a timely manner.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses need additional steps before they may be removed; typically a internet search will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain assistance, if you cannot find a solution.
2. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the issue may reside there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will generally perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most cases, any possible problem with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s operation, and these are around the Web. A very recent study showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the definitions of your anti-spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will consistently operate 2 or 3 of these applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A listing of quite great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Stage 4. Review applications that self-launch on startup. You pc can become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature which enables them to be exposed quickly; other programs may contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of assets while your computer is running.
The simplest way to examine and than to handle startups would be to use one of the many little utilities available (see the Bc list of free programs). Remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the questioned item is needed, optional, or not needed, if you’re uncertain about what may be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons in your Background also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Delete unused programs and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which 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 examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some experts would include the added care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of programs to help try this. For the most part, so this step is not contained, you may do significant damage by creating registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry
Step 6. Have it fix Upgrading To Windows Xp From Windows 98.
Action 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll see a marked improvement in pc operation.