I’m publishing a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because several readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require additional measures before they may be removed; ordinarily a websearch will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to request support.
Step Two. If the slowness is sudden, and you have recently saved an application, the problem may rest there. Test this by entirely removing it. A user will generally perform a websearch about the program before getting because in most cases, any possible problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Net.
Update the definitions of your antispyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will routinely run two or three of the programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A record of quite good, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really good Help files that explain how they operate as well as the distinctive features of each.
Step 4. Review applications that self-launch on startup. You computer can be a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature which enables them to be exposed promptly; other programs will comprise an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a little bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest way to examine and than to handle start-ups will be to work with one of the many little resources available (see the BC list of free applications). In case you are unsure about what can be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a really complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your Desktop also take a small amount of trunk time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced users: some professionals would include the additional upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of programs to assist do that. For the most part, so this measure is not included, you can do serious damage by creating registry changes, registry care won’t make a vital difference, and unless you are very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry
Stage 6. Have it mend Download Internet Explorer 7.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you’ll see a marked enhancement in computer functionality.