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Troubleshooting computer freezing problems

How familiar is the next sound? Did your computer work well, but suddenly it started locking (called hanging or freezing), restarting (crashing) or spontaneously stopping it? If you know too much about what I'm talking about, read on. By following these simple steps, you can record most of the locking cases.

first Check the Recently Installed Software or Hardware

If the locks have begun after you install new hardware, new software programs, or new drivers, remove and see if the problem is missing. Run the antivirus program.

One of the first things you suddenly block is running an antivirus program. Check the antivirus vendor site for updates and latest virus definitions files. (This is absolutely necessary, the outdated antivirus will not use it in any way!) If no anti-virus software is installed – or if updates are unavailable – run one of the online antivirus scans that some of the most important antivirus providers such as Trend A Micro offer free . A comprehensive list of available web-based scans and free antivirus programs can be found at .

3rd Run a good spyware removal tool.

If the machine is not infected with viruses, it is still possible for some adware or spyware to be present. Download and run a good antispyware tool such as AdAware or Microsoft AntiSpyware . Check for a list of free spyware removal applications

. Check the Free Hard Disk Space

If you can not find viruses, check the free hard disk space on C: drive. Make sure there are more than 20% free space available; low disk space may lead to random locking

5. Check for overheating.

Overheating is another known cause of locks. This may be caused by problems with the inside of the fan, dust buildup, or other cooling problems. Make sure the power supply fan and the CPU fan are working and there is no dust accumulation. You can check the temperature inside the cabinet Motherboard Monitor

– make sure the temperature is within the prescribed limits. Be sure to clean it under the chassis (use a plastic vacuum nozzle) and NEVER open the power supply because it contains high voltage. Check the Hard Drive

Check the hard drive – it may be that its logic structure is corrupted. To check disk errors, right-click the C: icon in "My Computer", select the "Tools" tab, check all check boxes in the "Check Disk Settings" box, and then press the Check Now button. You should ask that the next time you reboot your computer, you want to schedule your check – answer "Yes" and restart your computer. The check will be performed automatically after launch; this may take a while, so be patient. The program will automatically try to resolve some problems – however, if the hard disk does not work physically, it should be replaced. It is also a good idea to run Disk Defragmenter (Start Menu> Programs> Accessories> System Tools) to optimize the data placement on your hard disk for greater performance and reliability. Check the memory

. Occasional locks may start in the computer's memory (RAM), which fails. You can test memory by running Windows Memory Diagnostic that can be downloaded from . If you find memory problems, try resetting the RAM (unplug and recompose it). If this does not work, replace the defective RAM

. Finding More Hardware Problems (Advanced Users)

Additional hardware problems can be diagnosed with the Ultimate Boot CD that can be downloaded from the web site: . However, only use it if you know what you are doing – some programs on a CD may be dangerous if they are misused (for example, some may delete the contents of the hard disk).

9. Updating Windows and Drivers

Some locks can be caused by obsolete software components – Run Windows Update to upgrade your windows and drivers: (a good idea to run on a regular basis)

The above steps help diagnose and eliminate the most common causes of blocking. There are several other possible scenarios to be handled on a case-by-case basis because everything is in the configuration of your computer. Ask for the PC

troubleshooting forums / newsgroups
help find solutions to unclear locking cases.

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