I am submitting a summary listing of general things you can do to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because many readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require additional steps until they can be removed; usually a websearch will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain support, if you cannot find a answer.
Step 2. If the slowness is surprising, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem might reside there. Check this by fully removing it. A sensible user will normally perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your personal computer’s operation, and these are around the Net.
Experienced customers will frequently run several of these applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A listing of quite good, free anti spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You pc may become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-launch feature that enables them to be opened promptly; other programs will contain 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 resources while your computer is running.
The easiest way to examine and than to manage startups would be to use one of the numerous little utilities available (see the BC list of free applications). If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you don’t need. Remember that Bc maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary, if you’re uncertain about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your Background also take a small amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to assist try this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you may do severe damage by creating registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Failure while reading datafile for DNS zone..
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll see a noticeable enhancement in pc functionality.