I’m posting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas regularly.
Stage 1. Revise the explanations of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require extra steps until they may be removed; normally a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the Bc forums to request support.
Step 2. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the problem might rest there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A user will typically perform a web search about the application before installing because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your computer’s operation, and these are around the Web.
Experienced customers will regularly run two or three of the applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A record of quite great, free anti spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite great Help documents that explain how they work too as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation apps that self-launching on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which allows them to be exposed promptly; other programs will include an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
If you’re unsure about what could be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the questioned item is needed, elective, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to set themselves.
Absence of Care
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for sophisticated users: some professionals would include the added maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to help do this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you can do serious harm by creating registry modifications, so this measure isn’t included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend 0xfc80.
Step 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to put new files in any available open space; defragging will place related sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer performance.