I’m posting a summary listing of general things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas in a timely manner.
Step 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require extra steps before they may be removed; usually a web search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain support, if you cannot find a answer.
Step 2. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the issue may live there. Check this by entirely removing it. A smart user will generally perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet.
Update the definitions of your anti-spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will frequently run 2 or 3 of the applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of very great, free antispyware programs is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite good Help files that describe how they operate as well as the distinctive attributes of each.
Stage 4. Review programs that self-start on startup. You computer may become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-launch feature which allows them to be opened rapidly; other programs may comprise an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your launching Windows and each needs a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
The simplest approach to review and than to handle start-ups is to-use one of the many little resources available (see the BC list of free programs). If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you usually do not want. Remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the inquired item is required, optional, or unnecessary, in case you are unsure about what could be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols in your Background also take a modest number of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and move old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would contain the additional maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of programs to assist do that. For the most part, registry care will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry, you can do serious harm by making registry modifications, so this measure is not contained
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix A Booter.
Step 7. Defragment your pc. Windows tends to put new files in any available open space; defragging will set related segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you’ll find a marked enhancement in computer operation.