I am posting a summary checklist of basic things you can do to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Maybe 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. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need extra measures before they can be removed; normally a internet search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to request support.
2. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the issue may live there. Test this by completely removing it. A wise user will typically perform a internet search about the program before downloading it because in most instances, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your computer’s operation, and these are all over the World wide web. A very recent study showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Seasoned users will often run two or three of these applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A listing of really great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4. Review apps that self-launch on startup. You computer can become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-launch feature that permits them to be opened instantly; other programs may contain 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 small bit of sources while your computer is running.
If you’re uncertain about what may be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your own Background also take a small amount of trunk time to place themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Delete unused programs and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several applications to help try this. For the most part, registry care will not make a significant difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you may do significant damage by making registry changes, so this step is not contained
Stage 6. Have it fix Startup Repair.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will place related segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while racing up programs.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer functionality.