I am submitting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need extra steps until they can be removed; generally a websearch will find specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request assistance, if you can’t find a answer.
2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the problem might dwell there. Check this by fully eliminating it. A wise user will generally perform a web search about the application before installing because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are around 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 contain at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the explanations of your antispyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will consistently run several of these applications, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A record of quite great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really great Help documents that describe how they operate also as the special features of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launching on startup. You computer may be a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature which allows them to be opened fast; other programs will contain an automated 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 little bit of assets while your computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to handle start ups would be to utilize one of the numerous small utilities available (see the BC list of free apps). If you are unsure about what can be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the questioned item is needed, elective, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Background also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some 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 high level users: some experts would contain the added maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several apps to help do this. For the most part, so this step isn’t contained, you can do significant harm by creating registry changes, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair 0x5f401004.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will set new files in any available open space; defragging will place associated segments of files closer together so 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 ended, you will find a marked improvement in computer performance.