Because several readers reveal their computer reacting slowly, I’m publishing a summary checklist of basic things you can do to resolve the Invalid Media Typeissue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care.
Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some infections need extra measures before they may be removed; ordinarily a websearch will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a answer, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step 2. If the sluggishness is unanticipated, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem might dwell there. Check this by totally eliminating it. A user will usually perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over the Web.
Update the definitions of your anti-spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will consistently operate two or three of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of quite 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 really great Help documents that explain how they work too as the distinctive attributes of each.
Stage 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You computer may be a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which enables them to be exposed swiftly; other programs may include an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to show off any you do not need. Remember that Bc maintains a really complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the questioned item is required, elective, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what could be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols on your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Delete unused programs and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some specialists would include the added maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to help do that. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you can do serious harm by creating registry changes, registry care won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re quite comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry
Stage 6. Have it fix Invalid Media Type.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to set new files in any available open space; defragging will set affiliated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while racing up programs.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable enhancement in computer performance.