I’m publishing a summary listing of basic things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections regularly.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require extra measures before they could be removed; usually a websearch will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to request support.
Step Two. If the sluggishness is unexpected, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem might reside there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A smart user will normally perform a websearch about the application before getting because in most instances, any possible problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet. A very recent research showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Seasoned users will frequently operate 2 or 3 of the programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A list of really great, free antispyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional 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 as well as the unique attributes of each.
Step 4. Review applications that self-launching on startup. You pc can be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature which enables them to be opened swiftly; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each requires a little bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
Remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is needed, elective, or not needed, if you are uncertain about what can be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Care
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and move old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the additional upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several apps to assist do that. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a vital difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry, you may do severe harm by creating registry changes, so this step isn’t included
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Desktop Slow.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you will find a marked enhancement in pc operation.