I’m posting a summary record of basic steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches regularly.
Action 1. Revise the explanations of your antivirus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require extra steps before they may be removed; typically a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you cannot find a solution.
Step Two. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is sudden, the issue might live there. Test this by fully eliminating it. A smart user will usually perform a internet search about the program before getting because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are around the World wide web.
Experienced customers will consistently run 2 or 3 of these applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of quite great, free anti spyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very good Help files that describe how they function too as the unique attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You pc may be a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature that allows them to be exposed promptly; other programs will include an automatic update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each needs a small bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to manage start ups will be to use one of the numerous small utilities available (see the Bc list of free programs). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you usually do not need, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that Bc maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, optional, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Background also take a small number of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have previously 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 specialists would include the additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of apps to assist do that. For the most part, so this measure is not included, you may do serious damage by creating registry modifications, registry care won’t make a vital difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Action 6. Have it fix A Connection Could Not Be Made.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc. Windows tends to set new documents in any available open space; defragging will place affiliated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while racing up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a marked improvement in pc performance.