Worried that your computer is on the blink? You can solve most problems yourself, but if any of the following starts to happen to your PC or Mac, then it’s best to act quickly. These warning signs are a sure sign that something isn’t quite right under the hood and left untended; they can cause severe damage. So, before your hard drive pops and your computer becomes unusable, here is some advice on what to look for – and how to solve the issues.
While the Internet has been an amazing invention, it’s also the source of a lot of irritation for computer users. Why? Put simply, when you have lines of communication open, there is always the chance of abuse. You can pick up viruses from various sources including dodgy download links, websites and emails from nefarious sources. If you do, the results can range from slowing down your computer, to shutting it down completely.
So, it’s important to move fast if you suspect you have a virus. The simple answer is never to click on any link when you are online, but realistically that’s just not going to happen. Instead, make sure you have a robust and updated anti-virus protection to prevent further problems.
Computers are powerful devices and are becoming more powerful by the year. The trouble is, the more power that they use, the more they will heat up. This is why your computer has a fan – to cool down the chips and processors and stop them from burning out. While many computers will get hot – particularly laptops – it’s important to keep a close eye on things.
You will need to clean out your fan on a regular basis, and make sure it is working to its optimum level. If you don’t, it is inevitable that your computer will overheat, and it could end up as dead as a dodo.
Just as people get slower as they age, so do computers. However, you can keep your device lasting longer by giving it a check every once in a while. Regular maintenance – either by yourself or a PC or Mac repair specialist – will keep it in good shape for many years to come. New computers are an expensive investment, so it’s a wise move to make the most of what you have, for as long as possible.
One thing you can do yourself is always to make sure there is enough space left on your computer. Think in terms of your storage space, and the amount of memory it’s using at any given moment. Work your PC or Mac too hard, and it’s more likely to fail. So, if you are experiencing slow performance, check the amount of programs you have running. Also, clear out the files that might be taking up a lot of room, such as photos or movies. You can keep them separately on an external hard drive.
Look after your computer well, and it will look after you. Although technology in consumer PCs and Apple Macs is moving on at an astonishing rate, there’s no reason you can’t get a good few years of use from them. And, the only way to do that is watch out for the warning signs we have outlined above.