Because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly, I’m posting a summary record of basic things you can do to solve the Computer Hangupproblem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Revise the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require additional steps until they may be removed; ordinarily a internet search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain help.
Step Two. If the sluggishness is unanticipated, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue may rest there. Test this by entirely removing it. A user will normally perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential issue with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet.
Experienced users will consistently run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A record of very great, free antispyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help files that describe how they function also as the special characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature which enables them to be opened promptly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each needs a small bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to manage startups will be to-use one of many small resources available (see the Bc list of free apps). If, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you do not need. Remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, if you are unsure about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your Background also take a small amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Delete unused programs and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would include the added maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to help do that. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a significant difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you can do severe harm by making registry changes, so this step isn’t included
Action 6. Have it mend Computer Hangup.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc. Windows tends to set new files in any available open space; defragging will set affiliated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable enhancement in pc operation.