I am posting a summary checklist of general 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 reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require extra steps until they may be removed; usually a web search will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the Bc forums to request help.
2. If the slowness is abrupt, and you have recently saved an application, the issue might reside there. Check this by completely removing it. A user will normally perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most cases, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Net. A very recent study showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites 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 customers will routinely operate 2 or 3 of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A list of very great, free anti spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature that allows them to be opened quickly; other programs may include an automated update feature that requires them to be working 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.
If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you don’t want. Remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, if you’re uncertain about what can be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your Background also take a modest amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some professionals would comprise the additional maintenance step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of apps to help do that. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you may do serious damage by making registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry
Step 6. Have it mend Error Cannot Find Server.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to put new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll see a marked enhancement in computer operation.