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10 Common Computer Issues (Problems/Fixes)

Want To Know How To Quickly Deal With Slow Windows & Mac Computers?

Check out Steve Young’s Tech Tip below. You’ll learn how you can get your computer working for you again.

How To Use Task Manager In Windows

1. Right-Click The Task Bar at the bottom of your screen.

2. Click the Task Manager

3. Click on the task that’s frozen or slowing your computer down.

4. The program will close.

It’s that easy!

What If You Use A Mac?

1. Click on the Apple icon located on the top left of your computer screen.

2. At the bottom of the list click Force Quit.

3. A small box will open.

4. Highlight the program that’s causing the problem and click Force Quit.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about how you can improve the performance of your computers, contact the team at Global Data Systems in Boston.

What Could Be Causing Repeat Computer Issues?

We all have problems with our computers from time to time. But when it happens regularly, your computer is trying to tell you that something is wrong.

Don’t ignore computer issues. If you do, you could lose all of your hard work and software programs.

10 Common Computer Issues & Quick Fixes

If you think your computer is affected by any of these issues, be sure to contact us for help. You can try the quick fixes we mention, but it’s always best to have problems diagnosed by a professional.

1. A Failing Hard Drive

As mentioned above, computers can run slow. A number of things could cause this. One is a failing hard drive.

Try moving some of your files to a detached hard drive or an enterprise-based cloud storage solution. Sometimes just freeing up space on your hard drive will resolve the issue for a while.

However, a hard drive repair or replacement may be necessary. Always make sure you have a complete backup of your IT infrastructure. Your IT service company can virtualize your system so you’ll still have access to your data and your software applications.

2. Computer Viruses & Malware

If strange programs start popping up on your computer screen, or if your computer runs slow, it could be infected with a virus or malware. Hackers have ways to sneak viruses into computer systems without you knowing. Some linger and do damage while others capture your keystrokes to steal confidential information.

You should have backed up your data as we told you in item #1. Now what you should do is run a scan of your system with your antivirus and remove any items that go into the quarantine folder.

Malware can be picked up by visiting unsafe websites. Install an AdBlock on your browsers to prevent it coming in for these sites.

Don’t take chances with malware. Some can travel from computer to computer via your network. Ask your IT service company to come in a run an assessment to ensure your computer and systems are secure.

3. A Software Application Isn’t Functioning Properly

If a software program isn’t working properly, first try reinstalling it. Also, ensure you’re running the latest version of the software.

If you haven’t patched applications as you should, hackers can tell. They’ll try to slip a virus into your API (Application Program Interface). Contact your IT professional to run a scan. Also, make sure you sign up for automatic patching and updates, so you won’t get busy and miss one.

4. Your Computer Won’t Power Up

This could be a problem with your power supply. If your office or home experiences a power surge and your computer wasn’t plugged into a reliable power surge protector, it might have been damaged. You’ll have to call your IT company to repair it. Sorry – no quick fixes for this problem.

5. Weird Noises

A buzzing or whirring sound is usually an indication that the fan in the computer is damaged.

  1. Turn off your computer,
  2. Unplug it,
  3. Take a can of compressed air, and
  4. Try to blow out any dust or particles via the fan vent.

If this doesn’t work, you’ll need a repair to replace the fan.

6. Running Hot

You’ve probably noticed that your computers and laptops can get hot. Just like from the weird noises above, this could be from dust that’s built up and is blocking the air vents or keeping the fan from running correctly.

Follow the 4 steps in #5. If this doesn’t help, you’ll need an experienced technician to diagnose and repair the problem.

7. The Scary Blue Screen Or White Circle WIth A Slash (Mac)

This is anyone’s nightmare. The only thing you can do is to perform a system restore. Otherwise, it’s time for a repair.

8. Slow Running Internet

The easy fix for this is to unclutter the stored data in your browser. These are things like cookies, temporary files, your search history, and downloads. After a time, that stored data can get cluttered and cause your internet browsing to go slowly.

Ask your IT professional about a program you can download to unclutter your browser data. Your browsing history will be deleted as well. But it’s worth doing this to speed up your internet use.

9. Intermittent Internet Connection

If your internet drops out this could be caused by your modem or router. Before freaking out and calling your Internet Service Provider, try restarting your modem and router. Also, check to make sure any cables aren’t damaged. You should probably ask your IT support company to check your router. If it’s old and outdated, you might need a new one.

10. Computer Freezing

Try the steps for your Windows or Mac computer that we mentioned at the beginning of this article. If this works, it’s probably a good idea to scan your computer for any viruses.

Remember, if you have any questions or want to learn more about how you can improve the performance of your computer systems, contact the team at Global Data Systems in Pembroke, MA.

In the meantime, stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of IT. Visit Global Data Systems’ Media Center. Here are a few examples of what you’ll find.

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