I am submitting a summary record of general things you can do to solve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers come up with their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading an application that includes spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security patches in a timely manner.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require additional steps until they may be removed; usually a internet search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you can’t find a solution, use the BC forums to request help.
Step 2. If the slowness is unexpected, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the issue may live there. Check this by entirely eliminating it. A user will typically perform a internet search about the program before downloading it because in most cases, any possible problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can dramatically effect your personal computer’s operation, and these are around the Internet. A very recent research showed that one out of every 20 executable files on Websites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains comprise at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims.
Seasoned customers will often run 2 or 3 of these programs, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A list of really great, free anti-spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have very great Help documents that clarify how they operate also as the distinctive features of each.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launch on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature which permits them to be opened quickly; other programs will include an automatic update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these slows down your debut Windows and each needs a small bit of assets while your personal computer is running.
The easiest way to examine and than to handle start-ups would be to use one of many small utilities available (see the Bc list of free programs). Remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the questioned item is required, elective, or unnecessary, if you are uncertain about what may be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that those icons in your Background also take a modest number of trunk time to set themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t used 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 Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced level users: some experts would include the added upkeep step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find plenty of apps to assist do that. For the most part, so this measure isn’t included, you may do serious damage by creating registry modifications, registry care will not make a major difference, and unless you are really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry
Step 6. Have it repair Windows Help Center.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in computer performance.