I’m posting a summary checklist of general things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your antivirus and run a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need extra steps before they could be removed; typically a internet search will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain help, if you cannot find a solution.
Step 2. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the problem may rest there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A wise user will normally perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s operation, and these are all over the Web. A very recent research showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Seasoned users will consistently operate 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of quite great, free anti-spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4. Review applications that self-start on startup. You computer 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 comprise an automated update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your debut Windows and each requires a little bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to manage start-ups is to use one of the many little utilities available (see the BC list of free programs). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you do not need, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you are uncertain about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is required, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols in your Background also take a modest number of trunk time to put themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some experts would include the added care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several apps to help do that. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you may do serious damage by creating registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Action 6. Have it repair Error Message 4392).
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to put new documents in any available open space; defragging will place associated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while boosting up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.