Whether you use your home computer for gaming and streaming videos, or you run your own online business out of your living room, you expect your computer to work. Far too often, however, your computer may seem as though it isn’t functioning the way it was engineered to operate. It runs slowly; applications freeze; your internet connection keeps crashing. At times, the list of potential problems seems endless. Here’s a brief look at the four most common issues with home computers.
Your Computer Is Slow
In most instances, computers run slowly for one of two reasons: Either your computer doesn’t have enough memory to run all the programs you need it to run, or your computer is infected with malware.
If your computer has run out of memory, the most effective fix is to buy or install more memory. If you already have the maximum amount of memory installed, then consider getting rid of any applications that you don’t use on a frequent basis and deleting bulky temporary files. There are apps that make this process very simple, and many of them are free so long as you’re not using your computer for business. The price of storage has come down dramatically over the past few years, too. Consider keeping your game saves or collection of “Star Trek” movies on a backup mega drive.
Your Internet Connection Keeps Crashing
Sometimes, poor internet connectivity may be the fault of your internet service provider. Often, however, slow speed may be due to the fact that your modem and router settings have somehow become corrupted. Try turning your modem and router off and then back on again. Believe it or not, this fixes internet connectivity issues in 90 percent of all cases. Also make sure that your base station is far away from any cordless phones, microwaves, baby monitors or other devices that could be jamming the same radio frequencies your base station uses.
Your Computer Is Infected With Malware
Malware is the other common culprit behind slow computers. Other symptoms of spyware or virus infections include popup websites and programs that start without your input, frequent computer crashes, unusual messages and suspicious hard drive activity.
Unless you’re really comfortable running computer diagnostics and scans, you should probably bring your computer to a Calgary computer repair if you suspect that it’s infected with malware. If you’re not a computer expert, you may be able to get rid of some of the malware on your own, but chances are that invisible malware files will elude you.
Take steps to protect yourself from future malware infections. Clickbait websites that make impossible promises for free products and services are one of the most common sources of malware. The most effective way to avoid a malware infection is to keep away from websites that you don’t know or trust. If you’re using the internet these days, it’s essential to invest in good antivirus software.
Your Computer Won’t Boot
Here’s a scenario that every computer user fears: You hit the power button on your computer, and it won’t turn on. The good news here is that in many instances, you may simply be dealing with a defective power supply. Replace the power supply, and you’ll be able to power up your computer again. If the power supply is not your problem, however you’ll benefit from professional help.