I’m posting a summary record of general things you can do to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because many readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor 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 failing to install security patches regularly.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need additional steps before they may be removed; normally a websearch will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain help, if you cannot find a answer.
2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the issue may rest there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will typically perform a web search about the application before installing because in most cases, any possible difficulty with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet.
Update the definitions of your antispyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will regularly run 2 or 3 of the applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A list of very good, free antispyware applications 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 programs have very great Help documents that explain how they function as well as the special characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Review applications that self-launch on startup. You computer can become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that enables them to be opened fast; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each needs a little bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest approach to examine and than to manage startups is to use one of the numerous small utilities available (see the Bc list of free applications). Remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, in case you are uncertain about what can be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your own Background also take a small number of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would include the added upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of programs to help try this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you may do serious harm by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance will not make a vital difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Install Alcxwdm.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you will find a noticeable improvement in pc performance.