The computer is such an integral part of our daily lives, that if anything goes wrong with it, we panic. Many things go wrong because systems are varied and because users seem to fall into an endless number of blunders. Troubleshooting the way back into a working machine can be aggravating. Here are some things to try before you contact the professionals:
You might try searching Procpedia for a utility called “Reimage”. This will detect any errors on your operating system. The repair process when running “Reimage” will remove and replace damaged or corrupted files. It will also replace damaged or lost Windows files. If your problem is still there, try these old standard fixes:
1. Clear your cache if every window you have open is running slow or not responding whether it is a browser or a word program
The type may just be too slow or it may fail to come up until you wait 5 or 10 seconds. The browser could be fading or have a “not responding” message displayed on the top.This probably means that your cache is full. Clearing your cache is the answer to this problem.You could restart your system to clean your cache, but the simplest answer to this is to download a utility known as “CC cleaner Free”. After installing this all you need do is run it by pressing the start button. Keep the shortcut for this cache cleaner in your task bar to keep it handy.
2. Run your virus scan software
You need one and only one good piece of virus software. Additional virus software programs on the same machine cause problems by working against each other. There is no such thing as adding an additional program as a second layer of protection as some writers claim. All kinds of crashes can be caused by viruses, run Windows Defender in Windows 10 to clean up virus attacks. Never stack antivirus programs like McAfee Security and Norton Antivirus because they will work against each other, and eventually you won’t even be able to start your machine from these warring programs.
3. Keep your software up to date
Software needs patches either automatically like the newer software does on its own, or by manually going in and updating it by the system manager. Remove any ransomware found.Update your operating system first. In Windows, you can set the system to automatically download updates.Update web browsers and all other applications. Install new versions as they become available. Most of your applications will update themselves if you check that box when asked.
4. Uninstall unused programs
Go to Control Panel and under Programs click uninstall a program- find programs that are unnecessary or unused then click “uninstall,” but if you don’t know what they are, research them to make sure they aren’t vital to some other program that you use. This will free up space on your hard drive which will allow your system to run faster. Remove movies and duplicated photos for even more cleaned space on the hard drive.Browsers also need cleaning to get rid of unused extensions and addons that can cause the browser to act erratically and slow down.
5. Clean Boot the Operating System
Reinstall Windows to start with none of your present applications. This can be faster than uninstalling one program at a time and comes in handy when you don’t know which of the applications is causing your computer problems. This will fix your computer, but then you’re faced with reloading applications and files that you need.