I am publishing a summary listing of general things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is associated with downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches regularly.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need additional measures until they can be removed; generally a web search will locate specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to request support.
Step 2. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue may live there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A wise user will normally perform a internet search about the program before installing because in most instances, any possible difficulty with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are around the Web. A very recent study indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include 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. Seasoned users will often run several of the applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A set of quite good, free anti-spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite good Help files that clarify how they function too as the special characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-start feature that enables them to be opened instantly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to manage start ups would be to utilize one of the numerous small utilities available (see the Bc list of free apps). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you don’t need, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the inquired item is needed, elective, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Background also take a modest number of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced level users: some experts would include the added care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to help do that. For the most part, registry care won’t make a vital difference, and unless you’re very comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry, you can do significant harm by making registry changes, so this step isn’t contained
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix 0xfaee.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to put new documents in any available open space; defragging will set associated sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while boosting up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.