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Basic Computer Troubleshooting Tips

timesavingpctipsWhether you are a casual user or a knowledgeable computer enthusiast, one thing that’s a certainty is that you will encounter computer problems. It’s just a simple fact when working with electronic devices — they all fail at some point.

For those who fall on the less technologically savvy end of the spectrum when it comes to computers, there are some basic pc troubleshooting tips that you should know when you encounter computer problems.

Check Your Cables

Most computers have lots of cables that go to many different places and they tend to get tangled, pushed or moved in some way, many times inadvertently. So, the first thing you should check if, say, your computer isn’t powering up, would be to make sure the power cable is plugged in at both ends and that any power strip it’s attached to is also plugged in and the power button is on.

You would be surprised at how many times a problem can be traced to a cable being unplugged, so always check your cabling first.

Restart Is Your Friend

Many times your computer will become unresponsive or seem like it’s stuck in some endless loop. There’s a good chance that the reason for this is that it’s simply being overburdened by too many applications being open, some other memory-hogging is going on, or it simply cannot complete a task.

Ideally you would like to shut down all the applications one by one and see if that fixes the problem, but if you don’t know how to do that, then a simple restarting of the computer will do the same thing. Other ways are better, but a system restart is the one that will always reset your computer for you.

Write It Down

If you receive an error message or can describe what is going on, then write it down and do some research on your own. You’d be surprised at how many times you can solve a computer problem on your own by using the internet to find users who have experienced the exact same problem.

If you follow these simple troubleshooting tips when you encounter a problem with your PC or laptop, you could very well save yourself a lot of time, aggravation and money.

Run Anti Malware Software

Sometimes a computer will slow way down thanks to Malware or a virus.  The best way to figure out if this is the cause is to run a program designed to sniff out and remove these types of software programs.  One of the best out there is called Spyhunter.  It’s published by Enigma software, and many people have used it (including myself) to remove annoying malware and spyware from their computers.  For more information you can check out the articles that have been written about it over at We Hate Malware, an excellent computer tips website.

Another great way to ensure that your computer is running the best that it can is to keep up to date on computer news and tips.