More than 9 in 10 households own a computer as of 2022. The computer has joined the car and television as a ubiquitous part of American life.
Taking your computer to a repair shop can be pricey. Even paying your friend who’s “good with computers” $20 every time you have PC issues can get expensive.
If you’re looking to learn how to take care of your data, we’ll help. The scenarios below include some of the most common PC problems and basic solutions.
1. Frequent Popups
If you’re getting pop-up advertisements and random open tabs, spyware and viruses may be to blame. While attacks have gotten subtler over the years, some data security problems still show those obnoxious pop-up windows.
Running malware and virus scanners will get you on the road to recovery. In an extreme case, your data protection needs may include taking the system into recovery mode and reinstalling Windows.
2. PC Problems With Speed
Sometimes your PC will slow down or grind to a halt without much warning. Open Task Manager by right-clicking your system tray or hitting Ctrl-Alt-Delete to start fixing it.
If your current programs take up too much memory, trying to open new ones will grind your computer to a halt. Task Manager can show you which programs are chewing through your RAM and CPU. From there, you can choose which ones to close.
Sometimes declining speed can come from failing components or a faulty cooling system. At times like those, accept that it’s time for computer repair.
3. Can’t Download Files
If your files don’t save to your hard drive, you probably ran out of space. It’s good to go through your computer and get rid of saved files you don’t use every so often.
If you’re attached to everything you have or play a lot of big video games, you might not want to delete things. If that’s the case, you can invest in more hard drive space. Buying an external hard drive can give you a place to put those irreplaceable things.
4. Random Shutdowns
A lot of things can cause random shutdowns, and several of them will need you to turn your computer over to a repair shop. Common culprits include a failing fan or power cable. If you’re worried about that, though, you do have a few options for at-home testing.
Try using a different power cable and see if that fixes it. Improving ventilation around the computer or cleaning the vents can help too. If all else fails, though, you’re headed to the shop.
5. Unfamiliar Browser Extensions
If your Web browser has a lot of unfamiliar icons next to the search bar, you may have spyware or a virus. Sometimes other programs will force an extension installation as well.
First, try right-clicking the extension icon and looking for an option to manage or remove it. If this option can’t be accessed or the extension returns afterward, consider running an antivirus or malware checker.
Hardware: Take Care
Some users go long periods without facing any PC problems. Others have them all the time. Regardless of which category you fall into, it’s good to know how to fix some of the basics.
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