Nobody ever wants to deal with an unresponsive Windows computer because it can be an annoying and frustrating experience. Figuring out the reasons why this is happening in your PC can also be time-consuming. Also, there is a good chance you might need to try a few methods until you come across the one that works for you. Below are some common causes why your Windows PC freezes and what you can do to prevent it from happening in the future.

You’re Using Several Antivirus Programs or a Poor Quality One

An antivirus uses a large amount of your system’s memory to conduct system scans and other tasks, so imagine how much two antivirus programs will use, right? Not only can two antivirus programs make your computer freeze, but it can also cause your computer to lag as well. Do some research if necessary and choose the best one for you.

Using multiple antivirus programs is not the solution if you want to have a stronger protection for your computer. If you’re worried that an infected file will bypass your antivirus, you can use a web app called Virus Total to scan those files for you without having to download anything.

Corrupted Drivers

Drivers are always being used by your computer to communicate with other hardware devices and the operating system. It’s no surprise that they cause problems from time to time. To prevent your computer from freezing and other problems, make sure that they are always updated. There are various software that can help you check for bad drivers and update them for you.

Too Many Programs Open

Each and every program in your computer needs internal and hardware resources to function. If you run too many programs at the same time, your hardware resources, such as CPU power and memory, will be used up pretty quickly, and your computer will start to lag or freeze.

To prevent your computer from freezing, try to only use the apps you need at that precise moment. Alternatively, upgrade your computer (CPU and/or memory).

Your Computer is Experiencing Excess Heat

Excess heat is another reason why your computer is freezing. Does your computer make an unusual noise at startup or a high squealing sound? If so, these are signs that your computer is overheating. The summer heat doesn’t help at all, and that’s why keeping your computer away from direct sunlight and having a good fan is a must.

Not Enough RAM

If you’re putting your computer through more than what it can support, freezing is inevitable. If possible, buy a computer with an amount of RAM good enough to support whatever it is you need. Try to get at least 8 GB of RAM for your computer.

If the CPU or motherboard is also not working correctly, you can try reinstalling Windows or upgrading your computer’s RAM.

Apps with Bugs

Unfortunately, you’re going to come across extensions or apps that are poorly developed. Can you remember the last app or extension you installed? If so, try removing that app or extension and see if the problem persists. If you can’t remember, do some cleaning and eliminate the ones you don’t use anymore.

Faulty External Devices

Does your computer tend to freeze after you connect a device? If so, the faulty device could be the culprit of why your computer shuts down and then freezes. Try connecting one device at a time to try and find which of your devices is the cause. Updating the USB device drivers is also a good idea.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 6:11:52 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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