I am posting a summary listing of general steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your antivirus and run a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some infections require additional steps until they could be removed; generally a internet search will locate specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request support, if you can’t find a answer.
Step 2. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unanticipated, the problem may reside there. Check this by fully removing it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your computer’s performance, and these are all over the Web.
Update the explanations of your anti spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will often operate 2 or 3 of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A listing of very great, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really great Help files that clarify how they operate too as the special characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Review applications that self-launching on startup. You pc may become a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which enables them to be exposed promptly; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each needs a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
The easiest method to examine and than to handle start ups is to-use one of the many small utilities available (see the Bc list of free apps). If you are uncertain about what can be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is required, elective, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Desktop also take a modest number of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused applications and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few types 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 professionals would include the additional upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are plenty of programs to assist do this. For the most part, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you’re quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you can do severe damage by making registry modifications, so this step is not included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend 0x80070C72.
Step 7. Defragment your computer. Windows will set new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you’ll see a noticeable enhancement in computer operation.