Because several readers write about their computer reacting slowly, I am posting a summary checklist of basic steps you can take to solve the Xp Problemsproblem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care.
Maybe the most important 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 regularly.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses require extra measures until they may be removed; generally a web search will find specific instructions or a particular removal tool. If you cannot find a answer, use the BC forums to obtain assistance.
Step Two. You’ve recently downloaded an application, and if the sluggishness is surprising, the issue might live there. Check this by totally removing it. A user will usually perform a web search about the program before installing because in most cases, any possible issue with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can drastically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the Web.
Experienced customers will consistently operate 2 or 3 of these applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A set of very great, free antispyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before proceeding to the next phase.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have quite great Help documents that explain how they work also as the unique features of each.
Step 4. Evaluation applications that self-launch on startup. You computer may be a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a fast-launch feature which permits them to be exposed promptly; other programs may comprise an automatic update feature that requires them to be operating in the background. Each of these slows down your introduction Windows and each requires a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
In case you are unsure about what may be safely deleted, remember that Bc maintains a really complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, discretionary, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that all those icons in your Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Maintenance
Stage 5. Delete unused programs and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t found 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 Cleanup to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some specialists would include the added care step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of applications to help do that. For the most part, so this measure is not included, you may do severe harm by creating registry modifications, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you’re really comfortable with Windows, and carefully make copies of-the registry
Step 6. Have it repair Xp Problems.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will set new documents in any available open space; defragging will place associated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less travelling around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while speeding up applications.
Hopefully, now that you have have finished, you will see a noticeable enhancement in computer operation.