I’m posting a summary record of basic things you can do to solve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of maintenance, because many readers reveal their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the most important contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Update the definitions of your antivirus and operate a full scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some infections need additional measures before they could be removed; normally a websearch will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the Bc forums to obtain support.
2. You have recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is abrupt, the problem might dwell there. Check this by totally removing it. A smart user will generally perform a websearch about the program before installing because in most instances, any possible trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can dramatically impact your computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the Net.
Seasoned customers will often run several of these programs, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A list of quite good, free anti spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have really good Help files that clarify how they function also as the special attributes of each.
Stage 4. Review programs that self-start on startup. You computer can be a arena for your interest. Many programs, for example, install a rapid-launch feature which enables them to be opened swiftly; other programs may comprise an automated update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these decreases your debut Windows and each needs a small bit of sources while your personal computer is running.
The simplest method to review and than to manage start ups is to work with one of many small resources available (see the BC list of free apps). If you’re uncertain about what could be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a really complete Startup Database that contains information about whether the item is needed, optional, or unnecessary.
At the same time, remember that all those icons on your Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Step 5. Delete unused applications and move old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have already opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced level users: some experts would include the additional care stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of applications to assist do this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you’re very comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of the registry, you can do serious harm by creating registry changes, so this measure isn’t contained
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Windows Xp Sp2 Problem.
Step 7. Defragment your computer. Windows tends to set new documents in any available open space; defragging will place related segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear and tear while racing up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a noticeable improvement in computer operation.