I am posting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Maybe the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require extra steps until they could be removed; usually a internet search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain help, if you fail to find a solution.
Step 2. If the sluggishness is surprising, and you’ve recently saved an application, the issue might live there. Check this by completely removing it. A smart user will generally perform a internet search about the program before downloading it because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet. A very recent study showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Experienced users will consistently run 2 or 3 of these applications, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A set of quite great, free anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite great Help documents that clarify how they operate as well as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launching on startup. You computer may be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature which permits them to be opened fast; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be working 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.
You can use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you usually do not want, if, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you’re uncertain about what may be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the inquired item is needed, elective, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Desktop also take a small number of trunk time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you have not 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 Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for sophisticated users: some experts would contain the additional care stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of applications to assist do that. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you may do significant harm by making registry changes, registry maintenance won’t make a significant difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair bus error.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to put new documents in any available open space; defragging will set associated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you’ll see a marked improvement in computer operation.