Maybe the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas regularly.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses need extra measures until they can be removed; typically a websearch will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain support.
Step Two. If the sluggishness is sudden, and you’ve recently saved an application, the problem may dwell there. Test this by fully removing it. A smart user will typically perform a internet search about the application before getting because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s performance, and these are around the Internet. A very recent study showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Experienced users will routinely operate several of the applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of really great, free antispyware programs is supplied 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 programs have quite great Help files that clarify how they function too as the special characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Review applications that self-launching on startup. You computer may become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a quick-start feature which enables them to be opened fast; other programs will include an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these slows down your launching Windows and each needs a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
You can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you usually do not need, if, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. In case you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is required, optional, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Background also take a small number of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some types 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 professionals would comprise the added upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to assist do that. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you can do serious harm by making registry modifications, registry care won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Can’t Delete Folder.
Action 7. Defragment your computer. Windows will set new documents in any available open space; defragging will place associated sections 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 finished, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.