Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is associated with downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches in a timely manner.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need additional measures until they may be removed; generally a web search will find specific directions or a special removal tool. If you cannot find a solution, use the BC forums to request help.
Step Two. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the slowness is unanticipated, the problem might rest there. Check this by completely eliminating it. A smart user will generally perform a websearch about the application before getting because in most cases, any potential trouble with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over the Internet. A very recent study showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Experienced customers will regularly operate two or three of the applications, because each company has its own requirements for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A list of really great, free antispyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very great Help files that clarify how they work as well as the special characteristics of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-start on startup. You pc may become a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature that allows them to be opened swiftly; other programs will include an automated update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Each of these decreases your launching Windows and each requires a small bit of sources while your computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to handle start ups will be to utilize one of the many little resources available (see the Bc list of free apps). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to turn off any you do not need, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you’re uncertain about what may be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, elective, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols on your Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some specialists would comprise the added care stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of apps to help try this. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you can do significant harm by making registry modifications, registry care will not make a vital difference, and unless you are very comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Step 6. Have it fix Wab32.
Step 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to put new files in any available open space; defragging will set associated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll find a marked enhancement in pc operation.