Maybe the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches regularly.
Stage 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need additional measures before they may be removed; normally a internet search will find specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you can’t find a solution.
2. If the slowness is surprising, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem might rest there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A smart user will typically perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Net. A very recent study indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Experienced users will often operate several of the applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A set of really great, free anti-spyware programs is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help documents that explain how they work too as the unique features of each.
Step 4. Review applications that self-launching on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature which allows them to be opened immediately; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest approach to examine and than to manage start ups would be to utilize one of the many small resources available (see the Bc list of free apps). If you are unsure about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is required, discretionary, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Background also take a modest number of trunk time to put themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some specialists would comprise the added upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of programs to help do that. For the most part, so this measure isn’t contained, you may do severe harm by making registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you are very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Fault Pc.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a marked improvement in computer functionality.