I am submitting a summary record of basic 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 come up with their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses require additional measures until they may be removed; usually a websearch will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request help, if you cannot find a solution.
Step Two. If the slowness is sudden, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem might dwell there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will usually perform a internet search about the program before installing because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your computer’s performance, and these are around the Web.
Seasoned users will regularly operate 2 or 3 of the applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A set of very good, free antispyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have very great Help files that clarify how they work as well as the unique attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You computer may become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a quick-start feature that allows them to be opened instantly; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each needs a small bit of assets while your computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to manage startups will be to work with one of the numerous small resources available (see the Bc list of free apps). If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you do not need. In case you are unsure about what may be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, elective, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Desktop also take a modest number of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused applications and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would contain the added upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to assist do this. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you can do significant damage by making registry changes, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Xp Safe Mode Fault Help.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will set new files in any available open space; defragging will set related segments of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while boosting up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you will see a marked enhancement in computer operation.