There it is, the dreaded blue screen of death…now what? Unfortunately, you need to figure out what’s causing your computer to crash before you can fix it. A computer crash may occur for a variety of reasons, which makes it all the more frustrating, both because of the interruption and because the cause is often unclear. If your PC crashes often, there is most likely an underlying reason. Below are the five most common reasons your computer may be crashing.
#1: Corrupted System Registry Files
If your computer runs on Windows, it has something called a Windows registry which contains files that are integral to your computer’s performance and operation. Over time, some of those files can become corrupted, be misplaced or get lost altogether. When that happens, the system registry becomes compromised – and frequent crashes are a common symptom of a compromised registry. The best way to rule this problem out is by running a Windows registry cleaning program that can scan your Windows registry for problems then automatically make repairs. If you run a registry cleaner and the crashes persist, they are probably being caused by a different issue.
#2: Disorganized Files
Windows operating systems handle file organization by breaking files up and fitting them into gaps in the computer’s memory. As time goes by, these disorganized files can prompt frequent crashes. Luckily, a great optimization solution is built right into Windows-based PCs: the disk defragmentation utility. You can generally locate it within the System and Security section inside the Control Panel. By running a defrag once every few months, you may be able to keep computer crashes at bay.
#3: Malicious Software
Malicious software can take many different forms. Whether it’s a virus or adware or other culprit, there’s no question that malicious software can wreak havoc on a computer’s performance. The good news is that there are now many topnotch programs available that regularly scan your computer for the presence of such problems and also help guard against malicious software. Buy one, install it, and use it regularly to minimize your chances of getting infected and minimize those computer crash issues.
#4: Not Enough Memory
The amount of memory available for storing files on your computer is not unlimited so if you tend to store an abundance of programs, photos, music, etc., your computer may eventually get sluggish if you are compromising the amount of RAM needed to run normal functions. You can recoup some of that much needed space by checking on the amount of available memory on your computer by using a PC cleanup program to remove unnecessary files. This little housecleaning task allows you to remove things like temporary Internet files and other file debris that can suck away much-needed memory.
If you continue to experience frequent crashes, a hardware issue could be to blame. Most common is an overheating issue. A computer’s CPU, or central processing unit, includes a fan that is designed to keep it running cool. If the fan wears down and doesn’t work as efficiently or is just not able to handle the work that your computer must do, it may cause your computer to overheat. Replacing an inefficient fan with a bigger, better fan is an inexpensive fix and if it puts an end to your PC crashing problem, it will have been more than worth it.
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