Everyone has had problems with their computer at some point. We are going to talk about some of the common problems people run into. If any of your computers need repair beyond the quick fixes, be sure to give us a call!

1. Malware
You may have started noticing unfamiliar programs popping up everywhere and an overall slowness in the attitude of your computer. This is typically due to some sort of malware residing on your computer. First thing to do is backup your data and put that somewhere safe. Then run a scan with your antivirus and remove all quarantined items. Since malware tends to come from websites, it’s a good idea to install the free Adblock in your browsers.

2. Computer is Slow
Sometimes the slowness of your computer is not due to malware. If you’re not noticing any virus activity, the slowness may be caused by a cluttered or failing hard drive. Check to see if you need to move some files to an external hard drive and free up space. If that doesn’t help, a hard drive repair may be in order. Make sure you have a fresh backup and then run the check disk utility.

3. Application won’t work
Software can be fidgety sometimes. If you are having issues with an installed program, try reinstalling it and see if that helps. Updates can cause issues too, so try a system restore to before the problem started.

4. Strange sounds
A computer can make some very disturbing sounds. These outbursts are usually related to a fan. First thing to try is to get a compressed air can and blow the case out, or in the instance of a laptop, the vents. Make sure the machine is turned off and no power is connected. If that doesn’t help, then a new fan is probably in order.

5. Computer won’t turn on
One day clicking the power button may not work. Computers are susceptible to power surges and being connected to a surge protector is always recommended. If you think you did get a surge, the power supply will probably need to be replaced.

6. Slow internet
Browsers store temporary files, search history, cookies and downloads. After time, that stored data can get cluttered and cause your internet to seem slow. Download a free program like CCleaner, or Glary Utilities and have it clean your PC. Note: this will delete your browsing history and downloads.

7. Overheating
Computers, especially laptops, can get really hot sometimes. This can be caused by: dust build up, blocked air vents, malfunctioning CPU fan, and old thermal paste. Turn the computer off and try using compressed air to clean out the dust. Make sure you’re not blocking any of the vents and then turn it back on and verify that the fan is spinning. Replacing the thermal paste is best done by an experienced technician.

8. Blue screen
Nobody likes to see a blue screen on their computer, but the purpose of the error is to notify the user of a problem. Try a system restore and see if that helps.

9. Computer freezes
When your computer freezes you can press Ctrl Alt Delete and open task manager. From the “Applications” tab force close any open programs. It would also be a good idea to scan your computer for viruses.

10. Dropping internet connection
Intermittent connection issues can be frustrating. Try restarting your internet modem and router. Check your cables for damage. This can also be caused by faulty adapters, or drivers.

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