I’m submitting a summary listing of general things you can do to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections require extra measures until they could be removed; normally a web search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you can’t find a answer.
Step Two. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the problem may rest there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A wise user will typically perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the World wide web. A very recent research indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Revise the explanations of your anti spyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will regularly run 2 or 3 of the programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A record of very good, free anti spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, resolve 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 very great Help documents that clarify how they operate as well as the special attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You computer may become a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature which allows them to be exposed promptly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest approach to review and than to handle start ups will be to work with one of the numerous little utilities available (see the BC list of free programs). In case you are uncertain about what could be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is required, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your own Background also take a small amount of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not used 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 sophisticated users: some specialists would contain the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to assist do that. For the most part, so this step isn’t contained, you can do severe harm by making registry modifications, registry care won’t make a vital difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Windows Xp Spy.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you’ll see a marked improvement in computer performance.