I’m posting a summary checklist of basic things you can do to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient care, because many readers come up with their computer reacting slowly.
Perhaps the greatest factor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Step 1. Update the explanations of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your hard disk drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need extra measures before they may be removed; generally a internet search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to obtain support, if you fail to find a solution.
Step 2. You’ve recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the issue may dwell there. Test this by totally eliminating it. A user will typically perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most instances, any possible problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are around the Net.
Experienced users will consistently operate several of these applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A listing of very good, free antispyware applications is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very good Help documents that describe how they function as well as the special characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Review apps that self-start on startup. You pc may be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a quick-start feature that allows them to be opened swiftly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The easiest approach to review and than to handle startups would be to-use one of the numerous small resources available (see the Bc list of free applications). If you’re uncertain about what could be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, optional, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols in your Background also take a small number of trunk time to set themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files that you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced users: some experts would include the added upkeep stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of applications to help do this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a vital difference, and unless you’re very comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of the registry, you can do serious harm by creating registry modifications, so this measure isn’t included
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Windows 2000 Server Registry.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer functionality.