I’m posting 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 responding slowly.
Maybe 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 settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security areas in a timely manner.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need additional steps before they may be removed; generally a internet search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request support, if you cannot find a solution.
Step 2. If the sluggishness is abrupt, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem might reside there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will normally perform a internet search about the application before getting because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are around the World wide web. A very recent research indicated 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 victims.
Experienced users will routinely run 2 or 3 of the programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A set of quite good, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature that enables them to be exposed instantly; other programs may include an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your debut Windows and each needs a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to handle start-ups will be to use one of the numerous little resources available (see the BC list of free apps). If, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you do not need. If you are unsure about what can be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is required, elective, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your own Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs 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 types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for sophisticated users: some specialists would include the additional maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several applications to help do this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you are very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you can do severe damage by making registry modifications, so this step isn’t contained
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Hp Windows Xp Repairing The Registry.
Step 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer functionality.