One of the worst feelings in the world is to start up your PC, only to find that it is refusing to do what you want it to do. If your PC needs to be fixed, then you may not need to call a computer repair shop just yet. Here are some of the easiest, most effective free ways to fix your PC.
Clean out the crap from your browser’s files
As you browse the internet, programs like Firefox and Internet Explorer constantly collect and store files for you. Sometimes, this is in the form of a cookie (which tracks your movement around the internet). Other times, it is simply useless cache data. Even if you don’t browse the internet very frequently, these files can rapidly accumulate over time. Sometimes, these files can even contain viruses.
By regularly cleaning out your cache and deleting your cookies, you can easily eliminate the number one source of viruses. In fact, before trying to fix your PC in more drastic ways, it’s best to try this method first. All browsers give you the option to delete this data for free, and some programs will even do this for you with one simple click.
Check every single connection to your computer
Sometimes, a mysterious problem can have a simple solution. If your mouse has been jumping across the screen, or your monitor has been improperly displaying images, then you may simply have a loose plug-in. Check every wire going to and from your PC, and ensure that it is firmly connected at both ends.
If that didn’t fix your problem, it may be helpful to open up the actual case of your PC. During transit, or even regular use, the wires inside can disconnect, or become loose. This can cause serious problems for your PC. To fix it, check every cord, and plug in the ones that are loose.
Loose connections are a significant cause of the dreaded Blue Screen of Death error messages. If a wire is loose, then it may not be receiving the proper power it needs, which could cause it to shut down unexpectedly.