I am submitting a summary record of general things you can do to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is related to downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches regularly.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some infections require additional steps until they could be removed; ordinarily a web search will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the problem may dwell there. Check this by totally removing it. A wise user will usually perform a internet search about the application before getting because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over the Internet. A very recent research showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Seasoned users will routinely operate 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A list of quite great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help files that explain how they operate as well as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launch on startup. You pc may be a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-launch feature which enables them to be exposed immediately; other programs will contain an automatic update feature that demands them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your debut Windows and each requires a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
You may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you do not want, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the inquired item is required, elective, or not needed, if you are unsure about what can be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those icons in your Background also take a modest number of trunk time to place themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused applications and move old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are some types of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would include the added upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to help try this. For the most part, so this step isn’t included, you may do severe damage by creating registry changes, registry care won’t make a vital difference, and unless you are really comfy with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry
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Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will see a marked enhancement in computer operation.