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The 4 Most Common PC Issues (And How to Solve Them By Yourself)

From mysterious slowness issues to the infamous “Blue Screen of Death,” your computer is liable to experience many different problems throughout its lifetime.

The good news is that most of these problems are fairly rare.

It’s only the most common errors and failures that you’ll likely run into, which have already been well-documented with potential solutions.

You don’t need to be an IT genius to solve some of the most frequent problems with your PC. Below, we’ll go over 4 of the most common technical difficulties that you might face, as well as how to tackle each one of them.

1. Your Computer Won’t Turn On

One of the most basic, and most common, issues is a computer that simply won’t turn on. First, make sure that the battery isn’t dead and that the computer is connected to a power supply. If you’re using an external monitor, also check to make sure that it’s working.

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If your computer turns on and then off again, it’s likely an electrical or hardware issue. Make sure that you’re using the right voltage for the power supply and that there are no electrical shorts inside your computer. Next, try reseating the different components of the computer, such as the RAM and CPU.

2. Your Computer is Slow

Slowness issues can stem from multiple sources, which makes them initially more challenging to deal with. Fortunately, once you know which one applies to your situation, most of these causes are fairly easy to address.

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The first step is to make sure that it’s your computer that’s slow, and not your Internet connection. Videos and websites that take a long time to load might be due to a slow Internet connection, but applications that are slow to open nearly always indicate a problem with the computer itself.

Both hardware and software issues can be responsible for a slow PC. In order, try the following steps to diagnose the problem:

  • Rebooting your computer
  • Stopping programs from opening on startup
  • Cleaning out or replacing your computer’s fan
  • Defragmenting your hard drive
  • Installing more RAM
  • Replacing your hard drive with a solid-state drive

3. You’re Seeing Weird Behavior

If you notice unusual icons appearing on your desktop, or strange pop-up ads even when you’re not online, then your computer likely has an adware infestation. Adware is one type of malware (malicious software) that can display ads and hijack your web browsing experience by redirecting you to advertising websites.

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There are many different kinds of malware, all of them undesirable. Spyware secretly collects your personal information and activities, while ransomware locks down your files and makes you pay a ransom in order to continue accessing them.

You should deal with any signs of malware as soon as possible by using a dedicated antivirus and anti-malware software program, such as Microsoft Security Essentials.

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4. Your Wi-Fi Isn’t Working

When your Internet connection is on the fritz or keeps disconnecting, it may be due to an issue with your computer, your router, or the internet service provider itself. First, test the connection with another device, such as a smartphone, to see if you experience the same issues; if you do, you can cross your computer off the list of suspects.

If you diagnose your computer as the source of the problem, first make sure that your device is within range and close to the router, and then reboot the system. You may also need to install new drivers for your wireless adapter. Finally, try temporarily turning off your firewall to see if there’s a problem with your security settings.

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