I’m publishing a summary listing of basic things you can do to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses require additional steps until they can be removed; usually a internet search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain support, if you fail to find a solution.
Step Two. If the slowness is unexpected, and you have recently saved an application, the issue might rest there. Test this by entirely removing it. A sensible user will normally perform a web search about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any potential issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Net. A very recent study 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 definitions of your anti spyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will regularly operate two or three of the programs, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A listing of very great, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite great Help documents that explain how they function also as the special characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launch on startup. You pc may be a arena for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-launch feature that permits them to be opened fast; other programs will comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your debut Windows and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest approach to examine and than to manage start-ups will be to work with one of many little utilities available (see the Bc list of free applications). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you do not need, if, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, in case you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Desktop also take a small number of trunk time to put themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few 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 higher level users: some professionals would include the added care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are several applications to help do that. For the most part, so this step isn’t contained, you may do serious damage by making registry changes, registry care will not make a vital 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 0x80990a51.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a noticeable enhancement in computer operation.