I’ve been working in the computer support industry for some time now, and there are certain problems that occur more than others. That’s where the idea of this article came from. Not only will the information in this article help you manage the many common issues you may have on your system, it will also save you on a considerable amount of money, in the long term. You never know what could be causing the problem on your system, it could be a disconnected cable, or your dog could have chewed the line, before you contact anyone, it’s always best that you check for yourself.
Just because your system’s monitor refuses to come on, or your mouse doesn’t appear to work, it doesn’t mean a malicious file has infiltrated it, as it could be something much simpler. The information in this article is just the basic checks, so I recommend, if you don’t find the solution here, to do additional research on other possible causes.
With that said, below are 8 of the most common computer tech issues:
- Computer Running Slow
Most people tend to be oblivious to the number of applications they have running all at once, this is because they’re unaware of how these things can slow down their system. There’s also that possibility that your system has been infected with a virus, so there are many things for you to consider when your system is running much slower than usual.
- Windows is Out-of-Date
Most home users tend to have operating systems that are considerably out-dated; this is because most people tend to be afraid of updating anything, out of fear of breaking something. However, periodic Windows updates is capable of adding new performance enhancements and features, providing you with an additional layer of security from those computer hackers, keen to gain access to your computer.
- Third-Party Applications are Out-of-Date
It’s very important that your third-party applications are kept up-to-date, as this increases their performance, security and stability. Adobe Flash Player is a common program that is responsible for a great many vulnerabilities on the internet, along with Shockwave Player and Java. Keeping track of all the latest updates for all these tools can be quite daunting, which is why you may want to invest in an Update Checker, there are many of them around you can look at.
- The Internet is Sluggish
Viruses and spyware are two of the main causes of slow internet performance. You’ll need to verify the kinds of sites that are being visited by those on the system. Only then will you be able to provide a possible fix. There are many websites out there that carry malware on them, so always be alert to them.
- PC is dead
If your computer doesn’t appear to be getting any power, then it’s likely there is a problem with your power supply unit. Replacing your PSU is not as difficult as it seems. But what you should be really worried about is the PSU failing and destroying your motherboard in the process. It’s not uncommon, so you should definitely check the motherboard for any burn marks.
Unless you have another power supply unit lying around in your home, it’s probably best that you seek the help of an expert. Sometimes a power supply unit can be faulty, but still power the system up for several seconds before cutting off.
- System is infected
No internet security tool is 100% effective at detecting and removing viruses from your computer. So, the more viruses your computer comes face to face with, the more likely it is for one to find its way onto your system. Modern viruses are far more advanced than those that came before them, able to infiltrate and spread quite quickly. This is why it’s important you regularly scan your system with more than one antivirus scanner.
- USB device not recognized
The first thing you’ll want to do is try the USB device in another USB port. You may also want to try another USB device in the same port, or try the USB device on another computer entirely. These are basic things that should be done before attempting more complex measures.
- Computer Making Funny Noises
Many hard drives out there are designed to make certain sounds when the drive head is not working as it should. If you hear such sounds, the first thing you’ll want to do is back everything up on your hard drive, as soon as possible. Using an external hard drive will probably be best. Once you’ve done that, then you can seek the help of a professional, as you’re going to need a new hard drive.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website https://www.compuchenna.co.uk.