I’m submitting a summary record of general things you can do to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because many readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the greatest factor to a badly performing computer is malware. Usually this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas regularly.
Action 1. Revise the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses need extra steps until they could be removed; ordinarily a web search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the Bc forums to request help.
2. If the slowness is unexpected, and you have recently downloaded an application, the issue may rest there. Check this by totally removing it. A wise user will normally perform a web search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Net.
Experienced customers will frequently operate two or three of these applications, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A set of really good, free anti spyware applications is supplied by BC). Again, resolve 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 quite good Help files that explain how they function also as the distinctive features of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launch on startup. You pc can be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-start feature that allows them to be exposed instantly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these decreases your launching Windows and each needs a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest approach to review and than to handle start ups is to utilize one of many little utilities available (see the Bc list of free apps). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you don’t need, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. If you’re uncertain about what can be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is needed, optional, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Care
Step 5. Delete unused applications and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not found in two years, software for the old printer you put away last year—these are a few examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would contain the additional maintenance step of cleaning the Windows registry, and there are several apps to assist do this. For the most part, registry care won’t make a significant difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry, you can do severe damage by making registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Step 6. Have it mend Windows 7 Event 4097.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, now that you have have concluded, you’ll find a marked improvement in computer functionality.