I am posting a summary listing of basic steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because several readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections require additional steps until they could be removed; normally a internet search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain assistance, if you fail to find a answer.
2. If the slowness is sudden, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may rest there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will typically perform a web search about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible difficulty with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the Internet.
Experienced customers will regularly operate several of these programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A listing of really great, free anti-spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite great Help documents that clarify how they operate also as the special attributes of each.
Step 4. Review applications that self-launch on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature that permits them to be exposed swiftly; other programs will contain an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each needs a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
If you are unsure about what could 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 icons on your own Background also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have 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 Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some experts would include the added maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of applications to help try this. For the most part, registry care will not make a major difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you can do serious damage by making registry changes, so this measure isn’t contained
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Action 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to set new documents in any available open space; defragging will place associated sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer functionality.