I’m submitting a summary checklist of general things you can do to solve 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 poorly performing computer is malware. Generally this is associated with downloading a software that includes spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by declining to install security sections in a timely manner.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and run a complete scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Notice that some viruses require extra measures until they can be removed; generally a web search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request assistance, if you cannot find a answer.
Step Two. If the slowness is unexpected, and you’ve recently saved an application, the problem may reside there. Test this by completely eliminating it. A user will generally perform a websearch about the application before installing because in most instances, any potential issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your computer’s performance, and these are throughout the Net. A very recent research indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains include at least one bit of spyware waiting for victims.
Update the definitions of your antispyware programs and scan your hard drives in Safe Mode. Seasoned users will frequently run two or three of these programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A list of quite great, free anti spyware applications is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite good Help files that describe how they operate also as the distinctive attributes of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-launch on startup. You computer may be a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a fast-start feature which enables them to be opened swiftly; other programs may include an automated update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
If, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you can use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you do not want. Remember that Bc maintains a quite complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the item is required, discretionary, or unnecessary, if you are unsure about what may be safely removed.
At the same time, remember that those icons on your Background also take a modest amount of boot time to set themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Step 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and transfer old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have 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. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for advanced users: some specialists would contain the additional care step of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find several applications to help do this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a significant difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you may do significant harm by creating registry modifications, so this measure isn’t contained
Step 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it fix Windows Socket Timeout.
Stage 7. Defragment your pc.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in pc performance.