Because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly, I am publishing a summary checklist of general steps you can take to resolve the Performance Editionissue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance.
Perhaps the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security patches in a timely manner.
Step 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections need additional steps before they could be removed; ordinarily a internet search will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request help, if you cannot find a solution.
2. If the sluggishness is sudden, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue might reside there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A wise user will generally perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your computer’s operation, and these are all over the World wide web.
Revise the definitions of your antispyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will consistently operate several of these programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A set of quite great, free anti spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help documents that clarify how they work also as the distinctive features of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-start on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature which enables them to be exposed promptly; other programs may include an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to manage startups will be to utilize one of the numerous little resources available (see the BC list of free applications). Remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the questioned item is required, elective, or unnecessary, if you’re uncertain about what can be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your own Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have opened, applications you haven’t found 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 Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced level users: some specialists would comprise the added upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are plenty of applications to assist do this. For the most part, so this step is not contained, you can do severe damage by making registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Performance Edition.
Action 7. Defragment your pc. Windows tends to set new files in any available open space; defragging will set related sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer functionality.