Possibly the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas regularly.
Stage 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections require additional steps before they could be removed; typically a websearch will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to request support.
Step Two. If the slowness is sudden, and you have recently downloaded an application, the problem may rest there. Check this by completely eliminating it. A smart user will generally perform a internet search about the application before installing because in most cases, any possible difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s performance, and these are all over the World wide web.
Update the definitions of your anti-spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will often operate 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A record of really good, free anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve 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 programs have quite good Help documents that clarify how they operate as well as the special attributes of each.
Stage 4. Review applications that self-launch on startup. You computer can be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature which permits them to be opened quickly; other programs may include an automatic update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your launching Windows and each requires a little bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest approach to examine and than to manage start-ups is to-use one of the many little utilities available (see the Bc list of free applications). You can use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you do not need, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. In case you are uncertain about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your Desktop also take a modest amount of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which 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 high level users: some specialists would contain the added upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find several programs to help do that. For the most part, so this measure is not included, you can do severe damage by making registry changes, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Runtome Error.
Step 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a marked enhancement in computer performance.