I am posting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your antivirus and run a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections need additional measures until they may be removed; typically a web search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request help, if you fail to find a answer.
Step Two. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unanticipated, the problem might reside there. Check this by completely removing it. A wise user will normally perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Internet.
Experienced users will regularly operate two or three of the programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own set. (A record of quite good, free antispyware programs is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Step 4. Review apps that self-launching on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-start feature that permits them to be opened rapidly; other programs will include an automated update feature that requires 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 personal computer is running.
The easiest method to review and than to handle start-ups will be to utilize one of the many small utilities available (see the BC list of free apps). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to show off any you do not need, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, if you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols 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 Stage 7). Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for sophisticated users: some experts would comprise the added care stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of apps to help try this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you can do significant damage by making registry modifications, registry maintenance will not make a significant difference, and unless you are very comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Slow Web Browsing.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer. Windows will set new files in any available open space; defragging will set related segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.