Perhaps you have already made up your mind that the computer problem you’re experiencing is too difficult to deal with on your own, but at least give it one more shot before you take your PC to a repair shop. Chances are that in the rush of the moment you overlooked a simple thing that can actually eliminate the need to spend time and money to resolve. Following are some examples of the simplest solutions to most frequent computer problems.
Rebooting the computer
The online medium is filled with stories of people calling tech support only to get an answer like ‘have you tried turning it off and on again?’. Leaving the joke aside for a second, rebooting the computer is one of the first things you should try when attempting to fix a computer issue. This is usually caused by a temporary problem and yes, it will resolve itself after a restart, which clears the machine’s memory and reruns the processes. On a side note, if the issue is related to not being able to restart the computer, then try powering it off, wait a couple of minutes and turn it on again.
Clearing the browser’s cache
As silly as it may sound, clearing the browser’s cache is another simple and efficient way to solve an issue associated with your internet connection. When you’re clearing the cache, you’re basically deleting the collection of pages saved on your hard disk and unclogging the memory dedicated for this purpose. Even though this method won’t repair every broken website or internet issue, it’s surely a helpful step to try out before taking your PC in service.
Reinstalling the problematic software
The vast majority of computer problems are software related, meaning that they only occur whenever the user opens or attempts to use a certain program. Even though some of these issue give you the impression that your computer will fall part, the solution is very simply: reinstall the software that’s giving you a hard time.
Reinstalling means uninstalling first, deleting all data associated with it and then installing the program from scratch. All software has an automatic uninstall process, so rest assured this task won’t take more than a few minutes.
Deleting the browser’s cookies
Cookies refer to those tiny files that your computer stores to make online navigation simpler and faster for you. Similarly to the browser’s cache, cookies are known to cause some minor issues with surfing the internet sometimes. Therefore, in case you’re getting numerous error messages when opening websites and pages, be sure to clear the browser’s cookies and try again.
Scanning for malware and/or viruses
Scanning for a virus is undoubtedly one of the first things even a novice will try once the presence of malicious software made itself obvious. However, having a good antivirus that will alert you of all potential threats is an ideal situation. Since the signs of viruses or malware are not easily detectable, your best bet is to watch out for problems associated with infections, meaning random error messages, frozen windows, general computer sluggishness, and etc.
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