I am publishing a summary checklist of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because several readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches regularly.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses need extra steps until they could be removed; normally a websearch will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a answer, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step Two. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is sudden, the problem may dwell there. Test this by fully removing it. A sensible user will normally perform a websearch about the program before getting because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Web.
Seasoned customers will often run 2 or 3 of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of very good, free anti spyware programs 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 quite great Help documents that clarify how they work as well as the distinctive features of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-start on startup. You computer can become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature which allows them to be opened swiftly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that demands them to be working 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 approach to examine and than to manage startups will be to work with one of the many small resources available (see the Bc list of free applications). Remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, if you are unsure about what may be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons in your Background also take a small amount of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to your 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 threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would include the additional care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to help do this. For the most part, so this measure is not included, you may do significant harm by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend 0x8004210a Microsoft Essential.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you’ll see a marked enhancement in computer performance.