Computer and internet technology is awesome, until it doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. When something goes wrong with your computer, you can curse the computer age for also producing enough computer problems that may seem to drive you crazy.

Most of us know very little to fix computers, but not all computer problems are fatal. In fact, some computer problems are simple to remedy. Here’s a glimpse of some of those common problems, what causes them to happen, and what you can do to address or fix the glitch.

But before anything else, try this first

This may sound like a no-brainer, but before you research or do any repairs, restart your computer. You’ll be surprised that most problems are solved with this simple step. This long-standing maxim can work wonders. While you’re at it, make sure that your operating system is fully updated by running Windows Update. Neglecting updates could deprive you of important bug and performance fixes.

The computer is slowing down

The first step to fixing a slow computer is to verify that the computer is the actual source of the problem. Videos that seem to buffer forever, and websites that take ages to load, may not be your computer’s fault. Many people mistakenly identify a slow system as the problem when it is actually just the broadband connection. If the problem is really your slow PC, check whether you have plenty of free space on the hard drive holding your operating system. Windows needs room to create files while your system is running. If your hard drive is maxed out, performance suffers. Now is the perfect time to clear some space.

The System Configuration tool is the next step for tackling slow performance. Many applications launch automatically when your machine boots up. This can stretch out boot time. Trim out the unnecessary startup items. Open the tool by pressing Windows-R, typing msconfig, and pressing the Enter key. Checking the Startup Item and Manufacturer columns is the best way to figure out which applications you can safely disable. Avoid messing with any of the services and programs that have Microsoft Corporation listed as the manufacturer. Items such as AdobeAAMUpdater, Google Update, Pando Media Booster, Spotify, and Steam Client Bootstrapper can be disabled. But if you’re not sure, don’t disable an app since this might affect the boot up.

Computer freeze-ups

If the computer freezes up – wherein nothing at all is happening because it ‘hangs’ – you  might worry that your computer has been hit by a fatal bug. This is common with all computers and this is usually termed as a mere “hiccup.” Any IT expert will tell you that it’s time to reboot or to simply restart the computer. Sometimes that move alone does the trick, even with today’s slickest computers. Most often when you turn it back on, everything opens up fine and work returns to normal. Of course, if it happens again and again, that could be an indication of a malingering virus, a bad program, you need to clean your hard drive, or add more memory.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 6:28:17 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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