I’m posting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers reveal their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas regularly.
Step 1. Revise the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need extra steps until they could be removed; ordinarily a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you cannot 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 problem may rest there. Test this by fully eliminating it. A user will normally perform a web search about the program before installing because in most cases, any possible difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect 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 feature at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Revise the definitions of your antispyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will routinely run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A list of quite great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve 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 quite great Help files that describe how they operate also as the special features of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You computer can be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature that permits them to be opened instantly; other programs will comprise an automated 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 personal computer is running.
In case you are uncertain about what can be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your own Desktop also take a modest amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for sophisticated users: some experts would include the additional upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of programs to assist do this. For the most part, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you may do severe harm by making registry changes, so this measure isn’t included
Action 6. Have it mend Registry Doc 2006.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc. Windows will set new documents in any available open space; defragging will place affiliated segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while boosting up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer operation.