I am posting a summary listing of basic things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is associated with downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches regularly.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and operate a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses need additional steps until they can be removed; normally a internet search will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
Step Two. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you have recently saved an application, the problem may rest there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A sensible user will normally perform a web search about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s operation, and these are throughout the Net.
Seasoned customers will consistently operate several of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A record of really good, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have really good Help files that clarify how they work as well as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Step 4. Review applications that self-start on startup. You computer may become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature that allows them to be opened fast; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
The easiest approach to review and than to manage startups will be to use one of many small resources available (see the Bc list of free programs). If you’re uncertain about what can be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the questioned item is required, optional, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your own Background also take a modest number of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced users: some professionals would contain the added care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to help do this. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you can do serious damage by creating registry modifications, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Step 6. Have it mend Vista Memory Loss.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will set new documents in any available open space; defragging will place related sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll find a marked improvement in computer performance.