Perhaps the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches regularly.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need extra steps before they can be removed; usually a web search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the BC forums to request help.
Step Two. If the slowness is sudden, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue might reside there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A smart user will generally perform a websearch about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically 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 feature at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the definitions of your anti spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will often run two or three of these programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A record of very great, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve 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 programs have very great Help documents that describe how they function also as the unique characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You computer can become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which allows them to be exposed fast; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you usually do not need. In case you are unsure about what could be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is needed, optional, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your Desktop also take a modest number of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Care
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced level users: some professionals would comprise the additional maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to assist try this. For the most part, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry, you may do significant damage by creating registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend 0xff162000.
Action 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to put new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll see a marked improvement in computer functionality.