I am submitting a summary record of general steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches regularly.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need extra steps before they could be removed; ordinarily a websearch will locate specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain support, if you cannot find a answer.
Step Two. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is unanticipated, the problem may live there. Check this by entirely removing it. A smart user will normally perform a web search about the program before getting because in most instances, any possible problem with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your computer’s operation, and these are throughout the Internet. A very recent research showed 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.
Experienced customers will routinely run 2 or 3 of these applications, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of really good, free anti-spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite great Help files that describe how they function too as the special attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You computer may become a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature that permits them to be exposed quickly; other programs will comprise an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
The easiest method to examine and than to manage start-ups will be to use one of many little utilities available (see the BC list of free apps). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you do not need, if, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you are unsure about what may be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is needed, elective, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that those icons in your Desktop also take a modest amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, 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 some types of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would include the added care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to help do this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry, you can do severe harm by making registry changes, so this step isn’t contained
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair 0x00000911.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put new files in any available open space; defragging will set affiliated sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a marked enhancement in computer operation.