Few things are as frustrating as having to deal with persistent computer problems.
You are trying to get the job done, but instead you have to try to figure out what went wrong and why your computer is suddenly running and causing you problems.
The bad news is that if you try to ignore it, the problem probably won’t go away on its own, and it might even get worse over time.
The good news is that since you stumbled across this article, you have been actively researching solutions and will likely have your PC in tip top shape in no time.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common computer problems that millions of people face each year and find out the best ways to solve them.
But first, let’s go over the basic solution which may seem obvious but can be hugely effective nonetheless.
The universal solution: restart your computer
Now I know what you are thinking… how could something as simple as restarting your computer solve your problem, right?
Well, truth be told, the Restart button is there for a reason. The computer performs several operations and tasks at all times. Sometimes various errors or bugs can cause these operations to fail or slip, which can lead to a series of issues.
But, by simply restarting your computer, you can allow it to regroup and restart every process it was running from scratch, often eliminating errors and keeping your computer running at peak performance again.
Now, obviously, this doesn’t work in all cases, which is why we’ll dive into more advanced solutions below. Before you invest your time in trying to come up with a complex solution, you might want to try something simple that could be just as effective.
With that done, let’s take a look at the four common problems and how to fix them.
Blue screen of death
Even if you’re not exactly familiar with computer errors, you’ve probably heard of the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) that has plagued PC users for what appear to be generations.
Basically, it goes something like this:
You’re working on an important project when suddenly your computer starts to lag or crashes completely, then all your work disappears, and all that’s left is a blue screen full of indecipherable code.
Next thing you know, the computer restarts, and anything that isn’t saved is gone forever.
If it happens once and doesn’t repeat itself, you might be able to write it down on a fluke and not bother to review it, but if it starts to happen more often, you risk losing. your work in progress is too big to ignore.
So what can you do to fix the blue screen issue?
Well, the truth is that the blue screen is not a problem per se, but rather a symptom of something bigger that can go wrong with your computer.
Whether it’s a hardware issue, corrupted software, missing DLL files, or even driver issues, there are many reasons why the Blue Screen of Death can appear over and over again.
If you’re using Windows 10, you’re in luck – Microsoft has made it easier than ever to identify the specific issue you’re facing by adding a QR code to the blue screen (green-ish now, in fact).
Simply scan the QR code with your mobile device and you will be taken to a webpage explaining the problem and how to permanently fix it.
Sometimes the persistent computer problem does not come in the form of sudden crash, but begins to appear slowly, until it becomes so annoying that you cannot use the computer efficiently.
A good example of this is the slow performance of your computer.
It is natural that as a computer ages, its performance becomes slower. As newer and more powerful models become available, software and even websites tend to increase their required resources, making more processing power necessary to function properly.
Also, as hardware such as your hard drive or processor wears out, it is only natural that they cannot perform at the maximum performance that was once possible, so some reduction in performance is to be expected.
However, even though the process is inevitable, there are steps you can still take to minimize its impact and make sure your computer is as fast as possible.
In most cases, even a five-year-old computer can be fully functional if it is kept in good condition.
If you are using Microsoft Windows, the first step is to run the Performance Troubleshooter to see if there are any obvious issues.
Next, you need to check if your disk space is low, and if so, remove programs or files that you rarely use.
You should also perform a thorough scan with your antivirus software to see if there may be malware or other issues.
Finally, you need to make sure that you are not running too many programs at the same time, as this can free up vital resources for the tasks that you want to prioritize.
Sometimes you may find that applications and software tools are running in the background even if they are not in use, so check that they do not start when your computer is on.
You try to check your email, download a file, or watch a video on YouTube, but your internet connection keeps dropping or working at a frustrating rate.
Does this all sound familiar to you?
Connectivity issues are some of the most common and frustrating you can face, and unfortunately the cause isn’t always as clear as you would like.
After all, the problem may be with your ISP and be out of your control, or it may be caused by your computer, and you may need to fix this DNS server error on your own.
If the internet is not working at all, your best bet may be to call your service provider and try to figure out the problem. If they say it’s on your end, go through the above article and see if that could be the problem.
However, if you have some internet connectivity, but it is extremely slow, there may be an easier solution.
You can try to clear your browsing history and cache as this can slow down your browser and lead to poor overall performance. If you feel like your browser is getting clunky and inconvenient, you can even try switching browsers entirely to see if that makes a difference.
If your computer starts clicking or whirring, you may start to worry that it’s only a matter of time before it shuts down for good, or worse.
However, while you absolutely shouldn’t ignore sounds coming from your computer, you shouldn’t panic when hearing them either.
In many cases, sounds can be a relatively easy problem to resolve, and it may have no impact on the overall performance of your PC.
If the sound is some sort of hum coming and going, the most likely culprit is dust and debris stuck in the fan (s).
The simple fix: Open up your computer and use compressed air to safely clear debris, clearing the fan’s blockage and allowing it to run quietly again.
Sometimes you may find that it was not debris that caused the sound, but a wire that got lost and got in the way of a fan. In this case, simply pulling the wire away should be more than enough.
However, if you hear a persistent clicking sound, it’s time to get down to business – it could mean your hard drive is running out of steam and if you don’t act quickly you could lose all your data.
Back up everything you have on the drive as quickly as possible and seek professional help immediately.
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Last updated February 11, 2021.