I’m posting a summary listing of general steps you can take to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers write about their computer reacting slowly.
Possibly the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security sections in a timely manner.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and run a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections need additional measures before they could be removed; typically a websearch will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain support, if you fail to find a answer.
Step Two. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you have recently saved an application, the issue might live there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A smart user will generally perform a web search about the application before downloading it because in most instances, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over the World wide web.
Seasoned users will routinely run two or three of these programs, because each business has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A set of really great, free antispyware applications is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite good Help documents that clarify how they work also as the special features of each.
Step 4. Review applications that self-start on startup. You pc may become a battleground for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that enables them to be exposed instantly; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Each of these slows down your launching Windows and each requires a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
Remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed, in case you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your own Desktop also take a modest number of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused applications and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files that you have 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 Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would contain the additional care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several apps to assist do that. For the most part, so this measure isn’t contained, you may do serious harm by making registry changes, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Vista Wont Find 2nd Hard Drive.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer. Windows will set new files in any available open space; defragging will set affiliated segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up programs.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will see a noticeable enhancement in computer functionality.