I am posting a summary listing of basic steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Revise the explanations of your anti-virus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections require additional measures until they can be removed; typically a internet search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step Two. You have recently saved an application, and if the slowness is surprising, the issue might rest there. Check this by fully eliminating it. A sensible user will generally perform a websearch about the program before downloading it because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your computer’s operation, and these are around the Net.
Seasoned customers will regularly operate 2 or 3 of the programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A list of really good, free antispyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have really good Help documents that clarify how they operate as well as the unique characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which enables them to be exposed promptly; other programs will include an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a little bit of sources while your computer is running.
If, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you don’t need. If you are uncertain about what can be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the questioned item is required, optional, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your Desktop also take a modest amount of trunk time to place themselves.
Lack of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for sophisticated users: some specialists would include the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to help do that. For the most part, so this step isn’t contained, you can do serious harm by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a vital difference, and unless you are very comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Officejet 9110 Scanner And Vista.
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a noticeable enhancement in computer functionality.