I am publishing a summary record of general things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches regularly.
Step 1. Revise the definitions of your antivirus and operate a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require extra steps until they may be removed; normally a websearch will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the Bc forums to obtain assistance.
Step 2. If the sluggishness is unexpected, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem might dwell there. Check this by totally eliminating it. A smart user will normally perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any possible problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the Internet.
Experienced customers will often operate two or three of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A set of really great, free anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really good Help documents that explain how they function also as the unique characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-launching on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature that permits them to be exposed instantly; other programs may contain an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of assets while your computer is running.
The easiest method to examine and than to handle start-ups will be to-use one of many small utilities available (see the Bc list of free applications). Remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, discretionary, or not needed, in case you are unsure about what could be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols in your Background also take a small amount of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced users: some professionals would include the added care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to help do that. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you may do severe harm by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Backup Software For Windows.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will see a marked improvement in pc operation.