I’m publishing a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections regularly.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses require extra measures before they can be removed; generally a websearch will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request help, if you fail to find a answer.
Step Two. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is unexpected, the problem may live there. Test this by totally removing it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most cases, any possible difficulty with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s functionality, and these are around the World wide web.
Update the explanations of your anti-spyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will routinely operate two or three of the applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of quite great, free anti-spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You computer can be a arena for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature which allows them to be opened fast; other programs may comprise an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest approach to examine and than to manage startups will be to work with one of the many little utilities available (see the BC list of free programs). Remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the inquired item is needed, optional, or not needed, if you’re unsure about what may be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols on your Background also take a modest number of trunk time to place themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced level users: some experts would comprise the additional care stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of programs to assist do this. For the most part, registry care won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry, you can do serious harm by making registry changes, so this measure is not included
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix POP3_INVALID_USER_NAME.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a marked improvement in computer operation.