I’m submitting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because several readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas regularly.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections require extra measures before they may be removed; normally a internet search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain support.
Step 2. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the issue may dwell there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet.
Seasoned users will routinely run two or three of the applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A listing of very great, free antispyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite great Help files that explain how they function as well as the unique characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You pc can become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-launch feature that allows them to be opened immediately; other programs may include an automatic update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your launch Windows and each requires a little bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest way to examine and than to handle startups would be to utilize one of many small utilities available (see the BC list of free apps). In case you are uncertain about what may be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is required, optional, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Desktop also take a small amount of trunk time to place themselves.
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Step 5. Delete unused programs and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the added care stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of applications to help try this. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you can do severe damage by making registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Error_reparse_attribute_conflict.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.