In this day and age, information stored onto a computer tends to build up quickly and can cause a variety of computer problems. In order to ensure that a computer system runs smoothly, the user must tune and maintain the computer. There are some common computer problems that most users have faced at one time or another, but they all have relatively easy solutions.
Slow Performance, Freezing, and System Crashes
Many people notice that their computers are running slower than before. The most common solution is to uninstall unneeded programs. Programs store information in the registry and over time, this registry may become congested which results in slower computer response time. After uninstalling, one should get a registry cleaning program which will automatically remove unnecessary programs from the registry. Another factor that slows computers down is spyware. These malicious programs usually come in the form of downloads from the internet. They are designed to collect small pieces of personal information and send them to third parties over the internet. Thus when a computer is infected by spyware, it becomes slower as the spyware uses computer memory to operate. The best solution to this is installing an anti-spyware program.
Managing a Virus
Many users may find that their computers randomly reboots themselves, unknown programs appear on the desktop, or websites open unprompted. These common computer issues, sometimes quite serious, usually point towards a virus infecting the computer. The best way to proceed is to get an anti-virus and run a complete scan at least twice a month. Be cautious when choosing this software, though, as fake anti-virus scams are one of the common computer problems affecting people worldwide. Fake anti-viruses block all computer programs and show a constant list of dangerous viruses supposedly infecting a system. They primarily come in subtly through untrusted downloads. Once they infect a computer, it becomes nearly impossible for the user to do anything other than pay and buy the “full version” of the fake anti-virus. The solution to this problem is already having a trusted anti-virus installed as it will detect and remove the fake. If infected, however, then there are step by step instructions available online to help deal with this problem.