Troubleshooting Computer Crashes

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

Below are a few quick tips on why computers crash, as I seem to be getting a lot of phone calls about it this week!

1. Malicious Software

Malicious software can take many different forms. Sometimes, it’s a virus that you get after opening an email; other times, it's adware that is automatically downloaded from a website. Whatever type it is, there’s no question that malicious software can wreak havoc on a computer’s performance. There are a lot of programs out there to fix these issues, but take a look before you download them to make sure that they are not malicious themaelves.

2. Overheating

A computer’s processor includes a fan that is designed to keep the computer running optimally at a certain temperature.  Sometimes, the fan wears down and doesn’t work consistently.  Either way, buying a bigger, better fan isn’t very expensive and more than worth the cost.

3. Corrupted System Registry Files

Every Windows PC has a Windows registry. The registry contains files that are integral to the operation of your computer. Over time, some of those files can become corrupted, misplaced, or lost. When that happens, the system registry becomes unstable – and crashes will occur. There are some very good registry cleaners on the web.  Some are free and some aren't, but take time to research them  before you download any as they too can be malicious software hiding under a helpful guise.

4. Fragmented Files

Windows operating systems handle file organization in a way does not always make sense. They break files up and fit them into gaps. These disorganized files can cause frequent crashes.  Windows comes with a built in defragmentation tool that will help keep your file house in order.

5. Available Memory

As never-ending as the available memory on your PC may seem when you first buy it, the fact is that it can be eaten up very quickly.  If it appears that your available memory is low, you can use a PC cleanup program to remove unnecessary files that are unused and not needed.

Have a great weekend!