I am posting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches regularly.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your antivirus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require additional measures until they could be removed; usually a web search will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the Bc forums to request support.
Step Two. If the slowness is surprising, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue might reside there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will usually perform a web search about the program before installing because in most instances, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet.
Revise the explanations of your anti spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will frequently operate several of the programs, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A set of very great, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very good Help files that clarify how they work also as the unique features of each.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature that allows them to be opened immediately; other programs may include an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
You can use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you don’t want, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is required, optional, or unnecessary, if you are uncertain about what can be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your Background also take a modest number of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and move old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some experts would contain the additional maintenance stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to assist do this. For the most part, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry, you can do severe harm by creating registry changes, so this step isn’t included
Stage 6. Have it repair Windows Vista Restarts.
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer functionality.