Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections regularly.
Step 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and run a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need additional measures before they could be removed; normally a web search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you fail to find a answer.
Step 2. If the sluggishness is sudden, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may reside there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A wise user will typically perform a websearch about the application before getting because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the Net. A very recent research indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Seasoned customers will frequently run several of these programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A listing of really great, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help files that clarify how they function too as the distinctive features of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-start on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-launch feature that allows them to be exposed swiftly; other programs may contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each requires a small bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
If you are unsure about what could be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is needed, optional, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that those icons in your Background also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would include the additional care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to help try this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you can do serious damage by making registry modifications, registry care will not make a major difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Windows Xp Professional Update.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you will see a marked improvement in computer performance.