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Basic Troubleshooting Tips for Every Computer Owner

by Jen Starr

Jen Starr is part of the community team at Next Day PC. Jen enjoys staying on top of the latest tech trends and sharing how new tech can positively impact people’s lives. visit her website at Next Day PC

Computers fail for various reasons including voltage spikes and the presence of destructive viruses. Others include inadequate cooling and a faulty operating system. Determining the actual cause of the problem takes time. Fortunately, developing a list of possible issues and then eliminating them one by one helps you shorten this time. Here are basic troubleshooting tips for computer owners.

1. Install and Run an Anti-Virus Program
Computer viruses are malicious software hiding within your system. They target specific programs altering them by inserting their code. This alteration causes several problems such as deletion of files, damaged programs, computer crashes, and reduced level of performance. Well-built anti-virus programs detect most viruses dealing with them in various ways. For example, they can either delete them from your system or quarantine them to prevent further harm to your computer. Sadly, detecting all the computer viruses that may exist on your system is impossible.

2. Update the Software on Your Computer
Updating software refers to the process of replacing an existing computer program with a contemporary version of the same program. The idea behind it is to fix some of the problems that the previous version had. For example, perhaps the outdated software failed to work correctly with other programs on the computer. It could have had several security vulnerabilities as well. These problems could be the principal cause of issues on your computer. That means updating the software would solve them.

3. Remove Bloat-Ware
on Your Computer
Bloat-ware refers to unwanted software that manufacturers put on your computer. You have no use for them, and therefore, they are consuming memory and disk space unnecessarily. In other words, they are bloating your system leading to inadequate levels of performance. For example, reduced disk space leads to instability and slowdowns. Additionally, fragmentation occurs at a faster rate than necessary further limiting the amount of available storage space in your computer. Getting rid of bloat-ware reverses these problems so remove it as soon as possible.

4. Reinstall Your Operating System
As previously mentioned, detecting every software virus is impossible. Knowing which computer program conflicts with another one is also hard. Determining what settings might have changed over is challenging as well. Reinstalling your operating system might be necessary in such cases. Doing so is especially important if your computer has performance issues. Other reasons for reinstalling your operating system include hard drive failure and a corrupted registry. Hiring an expert to reinstall it for you is an excellent idea. Alternatively, you can learn how to do it yourself through online tutorials that are available on

These are the basic troubleshooting tips that every computer owner should know. Remember, reinstalling your operating system should be a measure of last resort.

Only do it when the other troubleshooting measures do not work. Another tip that most people fail to follow is testing their internet settings when their Wi-Fi fails. Instead, they assume that something is wrong with their computer. Avoid this mistake.

Connect it to the router directly using an Ethernet cable. Test it the connection with multiple devices. Reboot your computer. Finally, switch your Wi-Fi off and then on.

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