Gone are the days where only one kid in the neighborhood had a computer that you all had to crowd around to play Doom. Nowadays, 84% of US households own a computer.
Many of us don’t just use our computers for Netflix and chill, either. We use them for work, school, the news, etc.
So when the screen keeps shutting off or it’s taking two hours to run an application that used to run in two seconds, it can keep us from doing the things we need to do. Not to mention that it’s so frustrating it makes us want to throw the computer out the window.
But before you resort to computer throwing, read this article. We’re going over 4 of the most common computer problems along with what you can do to fix them.
1. The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)
The Blue Screen of Death is perhaps the most terrifying computer error you can come across. The bright blue screen and the jumbled computer speak all over the screen make for quite the scary combo.
Unfortunately, a BSOD usually means that you have a deeper issue with your hardware. But sometimes, the scariest problems have the easiest solutions.
Restart your computer. That could be all you need to do to fix this error.
You can also take the time to read the jumbled computer speak that pops up on your screen when you get a BSOD. The white text on the screen tells you the problem that caused the BSOD, which you can then look up to diagnose your issue.
Once you know the issue, you can either go to a computer repair shop to get it fixed. Or try out remote computer repair from companies like So Cal Unlimited to get it fixed without having to go anywhere.
2. Slow Running Computer
Slow running computers are usually related to software issues. Start by checking to see if your memory is full. Clear out anything that you don’t need on your computer.
Next, run a system check to see which applications are taking up the most RAM and CPU. These are probably things you didn’t even know where running in the background.
Shut all those down, and you should see a big increase in your computer speeds.
3. Constant (and Involuntary) Restarts
You’re watching your favorite show or working on a term paper when all of a sudden your computer decides to restart.
First, check that it isn’t an auto-restart to install computer updates. If it’s not that, try scanning for malware/viruses. These can cause random restarts of your system.
You can also have constant restarts when a computer needs cleaning or overheats. Make sure your computer fan is working and give your beloved computer a proper cleaning to stop the involuntary restarts.
If those things don’t work, you could have a larger hardware issue on your hands.
Pop-ups are almost a sure sign of some form of malware/virus/adware infecting your computer. This can cause other problems too, like slow running applications, computer crashes, and deleted files.
Simply run a virus scanner to check for the presence of a virus/malware. Those programs can also work to eliminate the virus too, so your computer will be nice and clean.
Solve Your Computer Problems Yourself with These Tips
These common computer problems can, thankfully, be dealt with on your own (well, most of the time). Try out some of these fixes before you run to a computer store and pay hundreds just to do something that a restart at home would’ve done.
The best “fix” is often “prevention.” Check out this article on how to prevent computer problems and breaks before they happen.