Is it time to book your PC in for a health check?

Nowadays it seems fairly normal to buy a new PC and start using it out of the box. For sure, they are far more stable than their predecessors and can offer us years of trouble-free service. But what happens when all of a sudden your PC starts to play up? Perhaps it is taking longer to start up or close down? Or maybe it’s taking forever to open an attachment? Here we look at some of the more common issues that can spoil your PC experience and discuss the best way to remedy them.

Slow performance

We’ve all been there; one minute you are surfing away and downloading to your heart’s content and the next, well, it all freezes. This could be for a variety of reasons ranging from browser issues with too many add-ons to a hard drive failure problem. No matter how awesome your PC may be, there are dozens of potential pitfalls that are just waiting to pounce. Try to resist all of those cool add-ons that your browser has on offer. Run a disk tidy program regularly and pay attention if you see any warnings when booting up or closing down.

Virus issues

The big problem with these little gremlins is that they also come in many disguises. You might have opened an email with some form of adware of malware attached. Sometimes the best AV programs can be fooled and the same goes for your firewall settings. The best rule of thumb is to double check that you know who is sending these emails before opening any attachments. You should also look at the domain name before clicking on any links. They are usually misspelt but it can be very easy to overlook these details when you are in a hurry.

Sluggish startup

When that PC came out of the box it took seconds to startup but now it seems to take 5 or even 10 minutes. If these seem familiar then you may have issues with either your desktop icons or the actual startup process. You can remedy both of these issues fairly easily. If you are running a Windows machine simply go to your start-up tab in msconfig (using Windows key and ‘R’ on the keyboard and typing msconfig) and uncheck the programs that you don’t need. Your busy desktop can be tidied using one of the many system tools that are part and parcel of every PC’s arsenal.

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