As time progresses , most of the users notice lag in performance while working on Windows based platform which is usually attributed to malicious softwares , wrong startup misconfiguration , using default device driver, disabled system updates etc.
We will discuss how to make it back on track by troubleshooting some common problems ,
1. Ensure Anti Virus Software is installed and running : A good antivirus softwares helps in blocking viruses , trojans , worms along with protecting from phishing and masquerading attacks using browser security addon.
Windows based systems are prone to viruses and malicious systems as compared to unix level systems . Ideally these security based softwares should be installed just after OS installation but can be installed later if OS core files are not infected.
2. Ensure Firewall is enabled : Intruder will only be able access victims computer if it is able to connect to desired listening port . If the port is blocked intruder is left with very few options. So it should be ensured that frewall is on atleast with default settings . If your security software does provide firewall feature alo then this step will not be required.
3. Disable unusable programs at startup : Use windows based utility MSCONFIG to disable software running at startup it will speed up the boot time.
4. Use 3rd party Registry Softwares : Clean up of registry is required at regular intervals sadly Windows doesnt provide any kind of utility , Utilities like Registry Mechanic can be useful in cleaning up the registry , removing unused , duplicate and error prone entries .
5. Use recommended Device Driver : Avoid using default drivers which comes with Operating System , It is usually recommended to use device driver provided by the hardware manufacturer . Using default generic device driver may cause many problems including Network drops , Low Resolution display , AGP card overheating , improper utilization of hardware.