Because many readers write about their computer responding slowly, I am publishing a summary record of general steps you can take to resolve the The Safe Searchproblem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance.
Maybe the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally 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 declining to install security patches regularly.
Step 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and operate a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections need additional measures before they may be removed; generally a internet search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a answer, use the Bc forums to request help.
Step 2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unexpected, the problem might live there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A smart user will typically perform a web search about the application before getting because in most cases, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Step 3. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your computer’s operation, and these are throughout 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 explanations of your anti spyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned customers will consistently 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 set. (A record of very great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
Step 4. Evaluation programs that self-launch on startup. You computer can be a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a fast-start feature which enables them to be opened fast; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
The simplest method to review and than to handle start-ups would be to utilize one of the many small resources available (see the Bc list of free applications). If you’re unsure about what may be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the questioned item is required, discretionary, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols in your Desktop also take a small number of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you threw 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 additional upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several programs to assist try this. For the most part, so this measure is not included, you may do significant damage by making registry changes, registry maintenance will not make a critical difference, and unless you are very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair The Safe Search.
Action 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to put new documents in any available open space; defragging will set affiliated sections 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 finished, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer operation.