I’m submitting a summary listing of basic things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because several readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas regularly.
Step 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require additional measures until they could be removed; typically a websearch will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a answer, use the BC forums to request help.
Step Two. If the sluggishness is surprising, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may rest there. Test this by entirely eliminating it. A wise user will typically perform a web search about the application before getting because in most cases, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your computer’s operation, and these are all over the Web.
Experienced users will regularly run two or three of these applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A list of really great, free anti spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help files that clarify how they operate also as the unique features of each.
Step 4. Review applications that self-start on startup. You pc can become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature that permits them to be opened immediately; other programs will comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest method to review and than to manage start-ups is to work with one of the many little resources available (see the BC list of free apps). Remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, discretionary, or not needed, if you’re uncertain about what could be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for sophisticated users: some experts would contain the added care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to assist do this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry, you can do serious harm by creating registry changes, so this step is not contained
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Error 403 Socket.
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you will find a noticeable improvement in computer functionality.