I’m submitting a summary listing of basic things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware.
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 viruses require additional measures before they could be removed; generally a internet search will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain support, if you fail to find a solution.
Step Two. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is unanticipated, the issue might live there. Test this by completely removing it. A user will generally perform a web search about the program before installing because in most cases, any potential issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your computer’s operation, and these are all over the Net. A very recent research indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Seasoned customers will routinely run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A record of really good, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that permits them to be exposed quickly; other programs will include an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of sources while your computer is running.
The easiest way to review and than to manage start ups will be to work with one of the numerous small resources available (see the BC list of free apps). If you are uncertain about what may be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols in your Desktop also take a modest amount of trunk time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some experts would include the additional care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of applications to help do that. For the most part, so this measure is not contained, you may do severe harm by creating registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend 0x0294ed3c.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer performance.