Many people rely on their computers to the extent that when something goes wrong, it is a severe problem. Most of the time you want your system back up and running as soon as possible. An almost limitless number of things can go wrong with your PC. If you are not a tech person, it may seem impossible to know where to begin when it comes to troubleshooting your way back to normal functioning. However, you would be surprised to know how many issues have a simple root cause. Before calling a profession, try these four tips to fix your PC.
1. Run a thorough Virus Scan. Use your virus scanning software to launch the deepest and most thorough scan available. This type of scan checks all files and software in your computer and takes the longest time to complete. Make sure that the virus scanner software is updated to catch the most recent wave of bad code. A virus or another malware can cause your computer to crash or slow down. Your antivirus program will know how to combat these threats. Windows has more antivirus programs because it has a history of being attacked by a higher proportion of malware compared to MacOS. MacOS is comprehensively locked down, mainly if you stick to the Mac App Store. However, get an antivirus program to add to the troubleshooting system.
2. Update your Software. Outdated and unpatched software can cause many PC issues, from outbreaks of ransomware to glitch keyboards that refuse to type the correct letter when you press them. Luckily, your system updates most of your software automatically. Check whether you “automatic update” is turned on to run updates. Check other software that will not update automatically including your web browser. The update feature is always prominent in all apps, but you can consult the built-in help if you get stuck. After applying these changes, your issues might well be fixed. Although this is more of a prevention technique than for solving existing ones, it will help your computer run smoothly and fast.
3. Remove the Bloat. Old and unused programs in your hard drive make your computer to work harder. Your PC breaks saved files further as it tries to keep them (a process called fragmentation). As a result, these files limit the amount of free space. If your computer starts running slow, crashing, or showing signs of buggy behavior, it is because it is overloaded with installed software. Uninstall software you no longer use and permanently delete unwanted files. Your browser may also cause the computer to slow down; if you have too many extensions and add-ons, you may experience some erratic behavior.
4. Wi-Fi Connections. If you have internet related problems, you need to determine where the problem lies. Once you know your issue, it can be easy to fix. If possible, plug the PC straight into your router with an Ethernet cable. If you are still disconnected, and other devices that are connected to Wifi do not have internet, then the problem may lie with your router or the internet service provider. Try calling your network provider for an assistant. If your computer can get online when plugged directly into the router but not when on Wifi, try looking in the age_fault_in_nonpaged_area page fault.
These tips will not solve every problem, but they will enable you to rule out some possibilities.