Most Common Computer Issues

Computers are used on a daily basis by the majority of people in the United States. Whether it’s for personal use, work, or school – there are going to be some common issues that everyone is going to run into. Some of these issues can be resolved easily and others could take a little bit of elbow grease to fix. These are 10 of the most common computer problems:

Computer Running Slow

Every computer will suffer from having slow applications at some point throughout its lifespan. Applications slowing down can be due to a number of issues. The main reason is due to your Random Access Memory (RAM). RAM is used to store temporary data files. The more RAM your machine has the faster your applications will run. Your CPU is also a big factor behind your application speeds. You can run a system check in your Task Manager to find out which applications are taking up most of your RAM and CPU power.

Computer is constantly freezing

Computers have a lot of background work going on at all times. A lot of the time whenever your computer freezes you can fix it by rebooting the computer – that’s because something went wrong during all of the background work. However, if you are experiencing constant freezing then that means there is something else that is wrong. This could be anything ranging from poor system memory to corrupted files and spyware. Running system checks can help you figure out whether you have poor system memory or if there is something more severe.

Malware

Malware is a type of software that disables or simply damages your computer. Malware can infect your computer through downloading files from websites. It can also slow down your computer by using up all of its valuable resources.

Computer Blue Screened

Blue screen of death (BSOD) can be scary for people who don’t know what’s going on. This error is almost always a hardware related issue. Sometimes you can simply reboot your machine and it will go away. Most likely you will need a further diagnosis to remove your blue screen of death. On the blue screen you will also see a line of text containing an error code. This code will tell you what needs to be done to remove the BSOD.

Computer Making Strange Noises

If you begin to hear loud noises in your computer – either clicking or grinding noises. It’s likely that you are dealing with a hardware issue. This could be something as simple as a loose or damaged fan or a sign of a failing hard drive. If you are able to open up the case you can determine if it is one of your fans causing the noise. Fans are cheap and easy to replace. If you know that your fan isn’t causing the noise then it’s likely that your hard drive is failing. 

Overheating

It’s normal for your computers to get hot. As all of your components are being used they are going to warm up – that’s the nature of computers. Components like your CPU, GPU, Hard Drives, Power Supply, etc.. all heat up to a certain temperature when they are functioning properly. Whenever these components are going over that temperature, i.e., overheating, then either that component is failing or you need new fans. Overheating computers is not normal and should always be taken care of immediately.

Computer Randomly Shuts Off

Sudden or Random shutdowns can have a number of different causes – both hardware and software issues can cause it. If you use a windows operating system, it’s possible that an automatic windows update could be the cause –  although windows should warn you ahead of time. If you are putting your computer under a heavy load (playing demanding video games) it could be that your power supply couldn’t handle the demand and shut off. If this problem persists, don’t hesitate to contact your local IT company. 

My Computer Boots Slow

A slow booting pc is one of the most common computer issues. It’s pretty much guaranteed to happen to your computer at some point in it’s lifespan unless perfectly taken care of. The most common cause is if too many applications are trying to boot up at once. If you go into the task manager and click on the “start up” tab – you will see a list of all the applications that will boot when windows boots.  From here you can take some of the applications off if you don’t need them to boot at start. If the problem persists then you may need to download the latest updates and drivers for your computer’s hardware. 

Windows update problems

Keeping windows updated is very important for the security and antivirus of your computer. It also ensures that your computer is running as smoothly as possible. Usually, when a windows update fails, there will be an error message explaining what the problem is and how to fix it. One of the most common problems is if you have an application that is incompatible with the new windows update. The error message should tell you which applications are blocking the update so you can uninstall the applications. 

Lack of hard drive space is also another common problem. A windows update is just like any other update when it comes to using hard drive space. Each update requires a minimum amount of space in order for it to be correctly installed. You will need to free up some hard drive space in order for the windows update to install.

 Slow Downloads

Slow downloads could be caused by several things. The most obvious cause is a slow internet connection. You can search for an internet speed test in Google to find out what your internet speeds are. Another cause for slow downloads is downloading too many things at once. Simultaneously downloading files – especially music or videos can greatly impact the download speeds. 

If files aren’t downloading completely, it’s possible your computer may have a virus or needs more memory. 

Computer Repair Technicians

All of these issues are important and can greatly affect your computer’s performance. Luckily, most of these issues can also be solved pretty quickly and easily. If any of these problems exist for you, don’t hesitate to contact our experts at Solinkit – we would love to help. 

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