I am posting a summary listing of general things you can do to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need additional steps before they may be removed; generally a websearch will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step 2. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unanticipated, the issue might reside there. Test this by entirely removing it. A user will generally perform a web search about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Web. A very recent study showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the explanations of your anti-spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will often run 2 or 3 of the applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of very good, free antispyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have really great Help files that explain how they work too as the special characteristics of each.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature that permits them to be exposed promptly; other programs may contain an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
You may use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you don’t need, if, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is needed, optional, or unnecessary, in case you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Background also take a modest amount of trunk time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for sophisticated users: some professionals would include the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of programs to help try this. For the most part, so this step is not contained, you can do serious damage by making registry modifications, registry care won’t make a major difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry
Action 6. Have it fix Disk Defrag Causes Windows 7 To Freeze.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable enhancement in pc performance.