Because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly, I am posting a summary checklist of basic things you can do to resolve the Error Code 26problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care.
Perhaps the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas in a timely manner.
Step 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses require extra steps before they could be removed; usually a internet search will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain support, if you fail to find a solution.
2. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue may reside there. Test this by totally removing it. A wise user will normally perform a web search about the application before installing because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s performance, and these are around the Net.
Experienced customers will often operate several of the applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A record of really good, free anti spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launching on startup. You computer may be a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature which allows them to be exposed rapidly; other programs will include an automated 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.
If, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you don’t want. If you’re uncertain about what could be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a quite complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is required, optional, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your Desktop also take a small number of trunk time to place themselves.
Absence of Care
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would include the additional maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several apps to assist try this. For the most part, so this measure is not contained, you may do serious damage by making registry modifications, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Step 6. Have it mend Error Code 26.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.