Imagine you are amid of a major report or presentation or playing your favorite game and —- pffft your screen goes off. Computers act up weird at times. Often, users get so crabbed that they needlessly go to buy a new computer or bargain for computer repair. With a cool head and a little savoir-faire, however, it’s easy to fix the most common computer problems.
Here are 5 common computer problems which you can fix yourself.
Speed up your PC
Computers slow down over a period of time. You can’t really blame the hardware for this slowness. Sure, you can accelerate things up by adding RAM, upgrading the CPU or replacing the hard drive with an SSD. But none of those solutions, which cost money, is the cause of the underlying problem. Your hardware is not necessarily underpowered, it may be that it’s probably just overloaded.
If your PC is fairly new and has slowed to a crawl, remove the pre-installed programs or bloatware that came with it. This can be done using a Decrapifier.
To speed up an older PC, look through Windows, Web-browser and other third-party programs for unwanted chaos and get rid of it. Remove duplicate files that might be jam-packing your system. Using PC Cleaner can be the best solution here.
In your cleaning process, you might come across programs that are no longer used and unimportant. Windows’ built-in uninstaller has a tendency to leave fragments scattered around your hard drive. These fragments have to be removed efficiently using an uninstaller.
Blue screen of death
Abruptly your screen displays nothing but white text against a blue background. If this happens once, rebooting the system can help. But if this is a frequent story, you’ve got a problem that needs fixing.
BSoDs can be caused by poorly written device drivers or inadequate hardware, such as faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of components, or hardware running beyond its specification limits.
The problem can often be relegated to bad memory modules. It’s easy to remove and install memory modules. Buying an extra RAM capacity is usually worth it for the fixed boost.
Ad pop up message
Often a message pops up on your screen repeatedly, telling you to buy a security program. It happens so often that you get disturbed and decide to halt your major work that was being done.
The message is adware that invaded your system, maybe through an online broadcast for a “free” security scan you clicked on.
If you say yes to the pop-up – and often pay for – the security program, you’ll end up with fraud ware. Even after this, the same problem will occur and keep trying to get more money out of you.
To stop the pop-ups, you must run an antispyware program. Before buying any security software, make sure it’s real.
When you delete any important file, the data doesn’t actually vanish, even after you’ve emptied the Recycle Bin. The actual bits remain enclosed on the drive until some other disk activity writes over them. When you format a drive, the files are still there for those who want and know how to read them.
It’s not so great if you truly want a file to be deleted, or if you’re giving away an old PC and to want to make sure that you’re private records won’t be accessible. You have to take certain steps to protect yourself.
If your wireless network is dead, your cable, router or modem probably crashed. Reboot the gadgets by unplugging them for around 30 seconds, then plugging them back in. That usually clears up the problem.
If your signal is weak or the connection is crawling or drops out, there are a few tricks you can try to enhance your home Wi-Fi, such as the beer-can antenna booster.
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Software Test Engineer