I am posting 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 insufficient maintenance, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the most important contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your antivirus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections require extra steps until they can be removed; usually a internet search will locate specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain help.
2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the issue might live there. Test this by fully removing it. A user will normally perform a web search about the application before installing because in most instances, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s performance, and these are around the Internet. A very recent research indicated that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the explanations of your anti-spyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will routinely run two or three of these applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A set of really good, free anti-spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
Stage 4. Evaluation programs that self-launching on startup. You computer can become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which permits them to be opened quickly; other programs will include an automated update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your launch Windows and each needs a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
The easiest way to examine and than to handle start ups will be to utilize one of many small resources available (see the BC list of free apps). If, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you don’t need. Remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is required, elective, or not needed, if you’re uncertain about what may be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your Desktop also take a small number of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some experts would contain the added maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of programs to help do that. For the most part, so this step is not included, you may do serious harm by making registry changes, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Ms Active X.
Action 7. Defragment your personal computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you’ll find a noticeable enhancement in pc performance.