I am posting a summary record of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Note that some infections require additional steps until they may be removed; typically a websearch will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you fail to find a answer.
2. If the sluggishness is surprising, and you have recently saved an application, the issue may dwell there. Check this by fully eliminating it. A sensible user will generally perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most instances, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Web.
Experienced users will routinely operate 2 or 3 of the programs, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A set of quite great, free anti-spyware programs is provided 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 good Help files that clarify how they function as well as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launching on startup. You pc can be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature that enables them to be opened rapidly; other programs may contain an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each requires a small bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
Remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, optional, or unnecessary, in case you are uncertain about what may be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Desktop also take a small number of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Care
Step 5. Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you put 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 advanced users: some specialists would include the additional maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to help do that. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you can do serious harm by making registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a significant difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Windows 98 Patch.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc. Windows will put new files in any available open space; defragging will set related sections of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll find a marked enhancement in computer functionality.