Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and run a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections require additional measures until they may be removed; normally a web search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the Bc forums to obtain assistance.
Step 2. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unexpected, the problem might rest there. Check this by completely removing it. A sensible user will normally perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most cases, any potential trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Web. A very recent study showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the explanations of your anti-spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will routinely operate two or three of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A set of really good, free anti spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature that allows them to be opened promptly; other programs will contain an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your launch Windows and each needs a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to handle start-ups would be to utilize one of the many small utilities available (see the BC list of free programs). If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you usually do not need. Remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, if you are unsure about what can be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols on your Background also take a modest number of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some experts would contain the additional maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of programs to assist do that. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you can do significant harm by making registry changes, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Windows Repair System.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you’ll see a marked improvement in computer functionality.