I’m posting a summary listing of basic steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the most important factor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses need additional steps before they may be removed; typically a web search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain assistance, if you can’t find a answer.
Step 2. If the slowness is surprising, and you have recently saved an application, the issue may rest there. Test this by entirely eliminating it. A user will usually perform a internet search about the program before downloading it because in most instances, any potential problem with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are all over the Internet. A very recent study showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Seasoned customers will regularly operate two or three of these applications, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A set of really good, free anti spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really great Help documents that clarify how they work too as the unique characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation apps that self-start on startup. You computer can become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-start feature which allows them to be opened quickly; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be working 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.
The simplest way to review and than to manage start-ups will be to work with one of many small utilities available (see the BC list of free apps). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and allows you to turn off any you usually do not want, if, like, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that BC maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is required, discretionary, or unnecessary, if you’re unsure about what could be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those icons on your own Desktop also take a modest amount of trunk time to put themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for higher level users: some experts would contain the additional upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of programs to help do this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you may do significant damage by creating registry modifications, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you are very comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry
Stage 6. Have it mend Spy Bot And Destroy.
Step 7. Defragment your personal computer. 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 hdd to do, saving wear and tear while boosting up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you will see a marked enhancement in pc performance.