I’m publishing a summary checklist of general things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security sections regularly.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require additional measures until they may be removed; normally a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request help, if you fail to find a solution.
2. If the sluggishness is unexpected, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem might reside there. Check this by fully removing it. A smart user will generally perform a internet search about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Internet. A very recent study indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the explanations of your antispyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will consistently operate several of these programs, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A list of very great, free anti-spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Stage 4. Review programs that self-launch on startup. You computer can be a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that allows them to be opened rapidly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
Remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the inquired item is required, elective, or unnecessary, if you are unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those icons in your Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced level users: some specialists would include the added care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to help try this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a significant difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you can do severe damage by making registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend 0x42c Error Msg.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a marked enhancement in computer operation.