If your computer is freezing, unresponsive, or locking up at times, this is a good time to check your system. To start, you’ll have to determine what’s causing it to identify if it’s hardware or software related. Figuring out the cause would help you fix the issue faster. Here are some of the most common reasons why your computer might be acting up:
You’re Running Many Programs All at the Same Time
Running too many programs simultaneously would zap your system’s hardware resources, so your system would start to slow down or freeze entirely. To avoid this, run the apps that you want to use at the exact time. You could likewise upgrade your memory and CPU.
You Don’t Have Enough RAM
Not having enough RAM would slow down your system, especially if you use RAM-hungry apps, such as computer games and photo editing software. If your motherboard or CPU is malfunctioning, consider upgrading your RAM or reinstalling Windows.
Your Drivers are Corrupted
Your system always uses drivers for communicating with virtually everything in it, so it’s relatively normal that they malfunction from time to time. When they do, your system will freeze. To prevent this from happening, update your drivers on a regular basis.
Your Computer is Overheated
If you hear your computer squealing or emitting a strange noise while starting up, your computer is most probably overheating. To avoid this, stop working in a room with poor circulation, use a good fan, and keep your computer away from direct heat.
Your System is Infected with Malware
You probably know that malware could cause problems on your computer system, and one of them is sudden system lockups. CompTIA Security+ practice test instructors noted that you could prevent this by installing (if you haven’t already) a reputable and robust antivirus software and running a regular scan of your system to make certain that your system is free of malware.
You Have Defective or Incompatible External Devices
If you notice system freezing after connecting a device, then that device is most likely defective or isn’t a good match for your system. To find out which device is causing the freezing, connect your devices one at a time to see what happens. It’s also a great idea to update the drivers for your USB regularly.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, most of the reasons are things you actually have control over. You simply need to pinpoint the cause of your problem and try the suggested resolutions above. In addition, make sure to back up your system as frequently as possible should anything goes awry, so you don’t lose your precious data.