It happens to the best of us. You’re doing something on your personal computer whether it be an important paper or surfing the web and out of nowhere, something freezes or your computer shuts down. Sometimes it goes away easily, but sometimes you find yourself wondering what to do next.
When you’ve got computer issues, it can be tough to know where to begin. Here are the top computer problems people experience and solutions to get you started on getting your computer back up and running smoothly!
Problem: Cigarette Smoke and Dust
Computers have several fans that pull the surrounding air from the outside and cool down the system. When the air outside is polluted with smoke or dust, the computer becomes hotter rather than cooler, which can cause a multitude of problems. These dust or smoke particles get sucked in from your computers fan, form an insulating blanket that covers the electronic components inside of your computer, and cause it to overheat, age faster, and even fail.
Cigarette smoke is worse than dust because it has moisture in its particles, making the inside of your computer and it’s parts sticky and dirty. Also, smoking around your computer almost always voids its warranty—yet another reason to consider kicking that bad habit!
The best protection when it comes to dust and cigarette smoke is prevention. Keep the cigarettes outside and dust your computer and the surrounding area regularly with a soft brush, compressed air, or a static-free vacuum.
Problem: Malicious Software
Malicious software includes spyware, viruses, Trojan horses, adware, worms, and any other software designed to harm you or your computer without your consent. You can get them virtually anytime you browse the internet, download an email attachment, plug in a flash drive, or access another computer through a network. Now a days, the most common way to get a computer virus is by using torrent programs like LimeWire or BitTorrent.
Be sure to install the latest versions of trusted antivirus protection programs on all of your computers and use firewalls and antispyware protection. Even with these programs installed, using peer-to-peer programs can make you vulnerable to malicious software, so steer clear of them!
Problem: Slow Computer
Your computer has a limited amount of storage space, processing speed, and ram memory and like a new house, if you don’t stay organized and make good use of that, they can get filled and cluttered over time. Filling it up with programs, documents, videos, music, pictures and toolbars will make your computer run slower.
Programs or software applications affect your computer resources and performance the most, especially applications that start themselves automatically. You could have anywhere from 6-12 applications running all the time without even realizing it. These applications are usually found at the lower right corner of your computer screen to the left of your system clock if you have a PC or the toolbar of your Mac and are installed in a startup folder so they start automatically.
You should defragment your computer hard drive at least once a month in order to put the information in your computer in sequence and efficiently arrange it. It is also important to always have at least 5GB of free hard disk space for your operating system to run correctly. Don’t forget to close down any unnecessary applications that start up automatically.
Problem: Internet or Network Connectivity Issues
Network problems are very diverse and some are very complex to understand. The usual suspects range from device issues, cables, network component issues, software problems, or duplicate IP addresses. One day you could be connected and the next you aren’t. If you’re having problems with your internet connection at home, it could be an issue with your modem or router.
The first thing that every network expert will recommend is to check the connections. Check the modem or router and make sure it’s connected to the power outlet and your computer if you aren’t using wireless. If the connection seems to be solid, try restarting it by unplugging it from the power source, leaving it like that for about three minutes, and plugging it back in while you turn your computer off and back on. This process will usually fix almost 90% of all home network connection problems.
Problem: Hard Drive Failure
The hard drive of your computer is where everything is stored. Hearing a clicking noise as you access your data is the first indications that your hard drive is going to die on you—loud noises you haven’t heard before are not good! A hard drive can stop working for many different reasons but generally speaking they crash because of a mechanical failure, a violent shake, a virus, or an electrical surge.
Make sure that you have all important information backed up on an extra external hard drive or to the cloud, or you could lose irreplaceable data, or thousands of hours of your hard work. Don’t ignore your computers diagnostic reminders or alerts if they tell you to check your hard drive—they are there for a reason!
If you are experiencing any of these common computer problems, give us a call at 216-218-4204 or stop in and let our experienced and expert technicians come to the rescue! Looking for laptop repair technicians you can trust? At PC on Wheels we are prepared to solve any and all of your computer woes no matter what type of computer you have! We are your top professional computer repair specialists!