How to break your computer – and how to fix it when it breaks

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Laptop or desktop? PC or Mac? No matter what type of computer you have, there are nearly endless ways to break it. No one wants a broken or glitchy computer, so knowing all the issues that can arise will help if and when the time comes to repair your device. Your hard drive could be dirty and causing issues, get computer hard drive cleaning West Palm Beach. If you need help repairing your computer you can visit Lake Worth PC Revive computer service, they have professional staff that can help you.

Get your computer wet
Is your cup of coffee right next to your laptop? Do you eat lunch over your computer keyboard? That’s a great way to break your computer! Crumbs and food mess stuck in the keyboard and spilled glasses of water shorting out the device are common computer issues that are completely preventable.

Heat your computer up
Are you cooking your computer? If it’s near a radiator, heating vent, fireplace or heater or if you place your laptop on a pillow or blanket on your lap – congratulations! You’re on your way to overheating your computer and possibly even causing a fire.

Always keep your computer on a hard, flat surface to keep vents unblocked and keep away from heat sources.

If you think your computer has overheated, locate the vents on the device and try clearing them using a can of compressed air. If that doesn’t help, seek professional help.

Computer turn-off
No matter how many times you hit the power button your computer or laptop won’t turn on.

Sure, it sounds obvious, but first step is to make sure it’s plugged in. If that’s the issue, the computer will power up and the laptop will start charging a spent battery. If it is plugged into a power strip, make sure the switch is turned on. If neither of those is the solution, check the power cord for any visible damage. If it’s cracked or frayed, it’s time to replace the power cord.

If there’s no visible damage, or if you’ve replaced the power cord and the computer still won’t turn on, bring it to someone who can properly assess and fix the issue.

Slow operator
It’s incredibly frustrating when your computer is acting like a sloth – SLOW. If you can get to the Task Manager, check out which programs are running and how much CPU and memory they’re using. BUT, before you close any of the programs, make sure you know exactly what they are and what they do. You may never have heard of that program or file you’re closing and it could be important for your operating system.

Cut off from the online world
When a PC or laptop won’t connect to the internet, the reasons can be confusing. If you’re using wi-fi, you don’t need to worry about it, but if you’re wired, check to ensure all cables are connected and plugged in where they need to be. Also make sure your router is plugged in and running properly. Sometimes a simple reboot of the router does the trick.

If you’ve rebooted your computer, laptop and router and you still can’t get online, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to see if they’re having an outage on their end. If you call the customer service number, most ISPs will have a recorded message explaining if/where any outages are currently happening.

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Still can’t get online? You could spend many hours trying to determine the issue or you can bring your computer or laptop in to Device Pitstop in Burnsville where the experts can diagnose and fix it ASAP.

The “blue screen of death”
If your computer runs Windows, you may be familiar with the dreaded “blue screen of death.” This is also known as a system crash and it happens when your computer can no longer operate safely. If you’ve been working on something and the blue screen appears, you can no longer save your work and any unsaved work can’t be recovered, so save your work earl and save your work often!

Most of the reasons for this error involve issues with background operations, not any particular user error. Follow the instructions given on screen and, in many cases, a restart can resolve the issue. But if your blue screen of death persists, you’ll need professional help.

Infiltrated
One of the best possible ways to break your computer is to click on anonymous links, random pop-ups and unknown email attachments because those are the most popular ways for viruses and malware to attack and compromise your computer.

If your machine is running slowly, you’re getting complaints about spam messages sent from your email address, you’re suddenly seeing unknown error messages and program icons, you’re seeing an increase in weird messages or pop-up ads or your computer is crashing, you might have a virus or other malicious software.

Always use anti-virus software and keep up to date on scans and updates. When the software asks you to restart your machine, do it right away!

If you’re having a variety of issues with your computer or laptop and think your security might have been breached, get yourself to Device Pitstop in Burnsville as soon as possible to avoid any further damage!

From annihilated AC adaptors to suspicious Zip files, Device Pitstop in Burnsville can fix just about any issue with your PC and Mac computer or laptop. Bring your machine in to 13023 Ridgedale Drive today or give us a call at 952-260-7571 to talk through your issues.