Perhaps the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas in a timely manner.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Note that some infections require additional steps until they could be removed; normally a web search will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
2. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem might dwell there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will generally perform a internet search about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible problem with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s operation, and these are throughout the World wide web.
Seasoned customers will frequently run two or three of these programs, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A list of really great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have very great Help files that describe how they work also as the distinctive features of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You pc can be a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature that allows them to be exposed immediately; other programs may contain an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
The easiest approach to examine and than to manage start ups would be to use one of the numerous small resources available (see the BC list of free apps). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you do not need, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you are uncertain about what can be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a really complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons in your Desktop also take a small amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to assist do this. For the most part, so this step is not contained, you can do significant harm by making registry modifications, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair A disk error occurred on the HPFS volume in drive 1..
Action 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a marked improvement in computer functionality.