I’m posting a summary checklist of general steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care, because many readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Perhaps the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your anti virus and run a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses need extra steps until they can be removed; usually a internet search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain support, if you can’t find a answer.
2. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the problem may rest there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will normally perform a internet search about the program before installing because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically impact your computer’s performance, and these are all over the Internet. A very recent research showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the definitions of your anti spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will often operate several of these programs, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A record of very great, free anti-spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-launch on startup. You computer can be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature which permits them to be opened fast; 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 requires a little bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
If you are uncertain about what can be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the inquired item is needed, optional, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Background also take a small number of trunk time to place themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Stage 5. Clean-up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some professionals would include the added care stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to assist try this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you are very comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you may do severe damage by creating registry modifications, so this step is not included
Stage 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix SCARD_F_WAITED_TOO_LONG.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to set new documents in any available open space; defragging will set related segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you will see a marked improvement in computer performance.