I am submitting a summary listing of general steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need additional measures until they may be removed; ordinarily a internet search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
Step 2. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is unanticipated, the issue may reside there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A sensible user will normally perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most cases, any possible trouble with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are throughout the Web. A very recent study indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the definitions of your anti spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will consistently run two or three of the programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A listing of really great, free anti-spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding 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 good Help documents that clarify how they operate too as the distinctive features of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launch on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature which enables them to be exposed instantly; other programs may contain an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your launching Windows and each needs a little bit of resources while your computer is running.
In case you are uncertain about what may be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the additional maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several apps to assist do this. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you may do significant damage by creating registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of-the registry
Stage 6. Have it fix Error 31 A Device Attached.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll see a marked enhancement in computer performance.