I’m publishing a summary record of basic steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often 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 patches regularly.
Stage 1. Revise the explanations of your anti virus and run a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need additional measures before they may be removed; normally a web search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request help, if you can’t find a answer.
2. If the slowness is sudden, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may reside there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A wise user will usually perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Web. A very recent research indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the explanations of your anti spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will regularly run two or three of the programs, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A set of quite good, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help files that clarify how they operate as well as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Step 4. Review applications that self-start on startup. You computer may be a arena for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature which permits them to be opened instantly; other programs may include an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your debut Windows and each needs a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
The simplest approach to review and than to manage startups is to utilize one of the many little resources available (see the BC list of free applications). Remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is required, optional, or unnecessary, if you’re uncertain about what can be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Desktop also take a small number of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you have not found 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 contain the additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of apps to help try this. For the most part, so this measure is not included, you may do significant harm by making registry modifications, registry care will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Stage 6. Have it repair Pci Fast Ethernet Nic.
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you’ll find a marked enhancement in pc functionality.