Maybe the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas regularly.
Action 1. Revise the explanations of your antivirus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require extra measures before they can be removed; typically a websearch will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the Bc forums to request assistance.
Step 2. If the sluggishness is sudden, and you’ve recently saved an application, the problem might rest there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will normally perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over 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.
Update the explanations of your anti-spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will consistently run two or three of the applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A set of really good, free antispyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really good Help files that explain how they work also as the unique attributes of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-launch on startup. You pc may be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a quick-start feature that allows them to be exposed promptly; other programs may contain an automated update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each requires a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
If, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you don’t need. Remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, elective, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have already 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. 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 contain the added care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are several applications to help try this. For the most part, so this step is not included, you can do significant harm by making registry changes, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend 1646 (0x66e).
Action 7. Defragment your pc. 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 going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.