I’m submitting a summary record of general steps you can take to resolve this issue, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because several readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Possibly the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security options high enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Revise the definitions of your anti virus and operate a full scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some infections require extra steps until they can be removed; generally a websearch will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you fail to find a solution, use the BC forums to request help.
2. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the issue might live there. Check this by fully eliminating it. A user will normally perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have appeared.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are around the World wide web. A very recent research showed that one out-of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Revise the definitions of your anti spyware applications and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will consistently operate two or three of these programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will simply search against their own established. (A listing of quite good, free anti-spyware programs is supplied by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Step 4. Evaluation apps that self-launch on startup. You computer may be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for instance, install a quick-launch feature which permits them to be exposed quickly; other programs will include an automated update feature that requires them to be running in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each requires a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
The simplest approach to review and than to handle start ups is to use one of the many small utilities available (see the BC list of free applications). Remember that Bc maintains a quite comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is required, elective, or unnecessary, if you are uncertain about what could be safely deleted.
At the same time, remember that all those symbols on your own Desktop also take a modest number of trunk time to place themselves.
Lack of Care
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files into a CD. Unplayed games, tons of family pictures, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for high level users: some experts would include the added maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to help do that. For the most part, registry care won’t make a critical difference, and unless you’re quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry, you may do severe harm by making registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Windows Reinstall 98.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to put new files in any available open space; defragging will place affiliated sections of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while boosting up programs.
Hopefully, since you have have concluded, you’ll find a marked enhancement in pc performance.