Top 8 Most Common Computer Issues
In this article, I hope to enlighten you, with some interesting information on your computer system. Issues while using our computer systems is all too common. But the unfortunate part, is that a great many of us, have no idea why these problems occur in the first place. In this article, I will outline the most common problems. Giving you some insight into how to go about remedying them.
If you know what the problems are and how to cure them, it’ll put you in a better position, when these problems actually occur. So continue reading, for those top tips.
- Internet Is Slow
Is your browsing, video streaming and downloads taking longer than usual to happen? Well, the first thing you’ll want to do is ensure that the problem is actually network related. There are websites you can go to, like Speedtest.net that will allow you to test your line, to see if you’re getting what you’re paying for.
Minimum speed should be no less than 30% of what your ISP advertised to you, and you’ll want a ping under 100. If your results are considerably lower, then it means there is a problem on your line. Something could be consuming your bandwidth, without your knowledge, or the network could have a problem. First, make sure you don’t have anything running in the background, like a torrent client. If so, both your download and upload could be taken up, by it. Next, make sure your network interface card has the latest drivers installed for it. Lastly, try restarting your router, disconnecting it from the mains, tends to work best.
If none of these tips improves your internet speed, then it’s probably time you made that phone call to your ISP.
- Your Attachments Won’t Open
If you have an attachment, whether from an email or something similar, that refuses to open. In most cases, this problem is due to the software running on your system. If the attachment is a PDF file, make sure you have a PDF reader installed and running on your system.
- Keyboard & Mouse Not Working Correctly
If you’re having problems with any one of these devices, it’s most likely due to a software problem. Maybe the devices drivers are outdated. You should consider checking your ports, trying the device(s) in different ports.
If after reconnecting your mouse and keyboard to different ports on your system, you’re still experiencing problems, then it’s most likely a driver issue.
Download and install the latest drivers for the component(s).
- The Computer Keeps Restarting
This could be a harmless issue, the result of the operating system updating itself. Reboots is a common part of the process. So make sure, before anything else, that you don’t have any update process running in the background.
Another common cause of system restarts is mechanical failure – do you hear any unusual sounds, while using your system? Is your system running at unusually hot temperatures? If you have a fairly old system, then it may be time for you to open it up, and clean all the dust out of it. There are tools, like compressed air, that you can use to do it.
If the problem persists, even after the cleaning, then you should consider a virus scan.
After you have tried everything possible, it may be time for you to consider the help of a professional.
- Constant Warning Messages While Surfing
While this can be quite concerning to the average computer user, this is a relatively easy problem to fix. What you want to do is check that your operating systems time and date is correct. Just right-click on the clock (in Windows) and select Change date and time settings, then check and correct where applicable.
- My Search Page Has Changed
If you’ve noticed anything like this, then it’s likely a Browser Hijacker, which is a malicious file, which has taken over your browser and is now directing you to sites that it wants you to visit, for the purpose of profiteering. These malicious files are also capable of stealing sensitive data, such as personal details, credit card numbers and more.
There are many guides that you can find, that will show you how to remove one of these virus files. Alternatively, you may want to seek help.
- Seeing Constant Popups
If you’re getting constant popup ads, even when you’re not browsing the internet, this is typically due to an adware file, infecting your machine. These files can be somewhat difficult to get rid of, so you’ll want to run a virus and malware scan, and go further, by Googling it, just so you can get step-by-step instructions on how to tackle the specific adware on your system.
- Program Not Working On New System
If you recently acquired a new computer system, there is a good chance that your old software is not compatible on the operating system of your new machine. If you’re trying to run the same version of the program on your new computer, consider looking for an updated version.
Additionally, if your old system was a PC, and your new system a MAC, you should know that these two systems are incompatible with one another. Thus, programs on Windows will not work on MAC OS.
If it’s something small, like an online game not working, then it could be a simple fix, like updating Flash or something else, on your operating system.