Possibly the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches in a timely manner.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some infections require additional measures before they can be removed; normally a web search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you cannot find a solution.
Step Two. You have recently saved an application, and if the slowness is unanticipated, the problem might rest there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will typically perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most cases, any potential trouble with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are throughout the Net.
Seasoned users will frequently run several of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A list of quite good, free anti-spyware programs is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite great Help files that clarify how they operate also as the distinctive attributes of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launching on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature that allows them to be opened fast; other programs may contain an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
Remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is needed, optional, or not needed, in case you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and transfer old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some professionals would include the additional care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are plenty of apps to help try this. For the most part, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of the registry, you can do serious harm by creating registry modifications, so this measure isn’t contained
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair My Computer Running Slow.
Action 7. Defragment your computer. Windows will set new files in any available open space; defragging will place associated segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will find a noticeable improvement in pc functionality.