I am publishing a summary checklist 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 several readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses require additional measures until they could be removed; ordinarily a websearch will locate specific instructions or a special removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain help, if you cannot find a answer.
Step Two. If the sluggishness is sudden, and you have recently saved an application, the problem might dwell there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will generally perform a websearch about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential problem with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Stage 3. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your computer’s operation, and these are around the Net.
Seasoned users will routinely operate several of these applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A list of quite great, free antispyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For further reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very great Help files that clarify how they work too as the distinctive characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launching on startup. You pc may be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that allows them to be exposed immediately; other programs may include an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your introduction Windows and each needs a small bit of resources while your computer is running.
If you’re unsure about what could be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the questioned item is needed, discretionary, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your own Desktop also take a modest amount of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some professionals would comprise the added upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of programs to assist try this. For the most part, registry care will not make a critical difference, and unless you’re really comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry, you may do severe damage by making registry changes, so this measure is not included
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Win 2000 Updateserver.
Step 7. Defragment your computer. Windows will set new documents in any available open space; defragging will place affiliated sections of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while speeding up plans.
Hopefully, now that you have have ended, you’ll see a marked improvement in computer performance.