I’m submitting a summary record of basic steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections require additional steps before they can be removed; normally a web search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to request assistance.
Step Two. You have recently saved an application, and if the slowness is sudden, the issue might rest there. Check this by entirely removing it. A user will normally perform a web search about the program before getting because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Web. A very recent research showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Experienced users will regularly run 2 or 3 of the applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A list of quite good, free antispyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-start on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature which allows them to be opened quickly; other programs may contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each requires a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
The easiest method to examine and than to handle start ups will be to utilize one of many small utilities available (see the BC list of free applications). Remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is needed, elective, or not needed, if you’re uncertain about what can be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols in your Background also take a small amount of boot time to set themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused applications and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some experts would comprise the added maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to assist do this. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you can do serious damage by creating registry changes, registry maintenance won’t make a vital difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry
Stage 6. Have it repair 1213 (0x4bd).
Action 7. Defragment your pc. Windows tends to put new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a noticeable improvement in computer operation.