Maybe the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings large 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 hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require extra steps before they can be removed; typically a internet search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request help, if you fail to find a answer.
Step 2. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the issue may dwell there. Test this by totally removing it. A user will generally perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s performance, and these are all over the Web. A very recent study indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Update the definitions of your anti spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will routinely operate several of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A set of quite good, free anti-spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4. Review apps that self-launch on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which allows them to be exposed fast; other programs will include an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
If you’re unsure about what could be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the questioned item is required, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for sophisticated users: some experts would contain the added maintenance stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several apps to assist do that. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a significant difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry, you can do serious damage by creating registry modifications, so this measure isn’t included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Windows Xp System Restore Disk.
Action 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll see a marked improvement in computer performance.