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.
Turn off your computer,
Take a can of compressed air, and
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.