Top 7 Reasons Your Computer Hangs

Top 7 Reasons Your Computer Hangs

If you find that your computer is constantly freezing, during normal use that usually means that there’s something wrong going on, under the bonnet. Not only does constant computer hanging, disrupt, whatever it is you’re doing on your system at the time, but it can also result in the loss of data, whether that be a work document, excel file, or some multimedia project you’re working on. For this reason, it’s important that you have some understanding of why computers act this way. That way, you’ll be in a better position to prevent such situations from occurring. 

Below are 7 of the most common reasons why our computer systems hang: 

1. Too Many Running Programs

Every program that is running on your computer, at any given time, requires both hardware and software resources to work. When you run an excess amount of programs, it can adversely affect system performance due to the considerable consumption of system memory and processing resources. In order to prevent things like this from happening, it’s always best practice to close a program after you’ve finished using it. Alternatively, you can consider upgrading the computer’s RAM or CPU or both. 

2. Issues with Device Drivers

If any of the drivers on your computer are either outdated or corrupted, it can adversely affect the performance of your computer. If your graphics card has outdated drivers, then it can result in your system hanging, when attempting to play specific games or other media files. You want to ensure that all the devices in your system are properly configured. You can determine this, by accessing Device Manager. Devices with driver issues are usually indicated by a yellow exclamation make. 

You also want to ensure that you are regularly installing new drivers for all the most important components within and/or attached to your computer. This includes any network device cards, modem, sound cards, etc. 

3. Power Problems

Your power supply unit, must have the necessary specifications to deliver the required voltage to your computer. If you have the most power system, made up with the latest CPU, GPU, RAM and mother board, all of that won’t mean much, if you have a cheap and weak power supply unit. Issues derived from power problems include sudden freezing and random restarts. 

You can rectify this problem simply by installing a high performance PSU in your computer, one capable of handling all the voltage that will be thrown at it. 

4. Overheating

If the temperature of your computer runs above normal or recommended specifications, there are a number of issues that can arise from that. There are many temperature monitoring tools that you can use to determine whether or not your component(s) are running above their recommended maximum temperature. 

5. Faulty Hard Drive

If you hear a constant clicking sound, while using your system, this is usually a strong indication that there’s something wrong with your hard drive. For people in this position, the first thing you may want to consider is accessing the manufacturer’s website. There should be instructions on the various options available to you. 

Alternatively, there are a number of diagnostic tools that you can download and run, to examine your hard drive, to determine exactly what’s wrong with it. With extensively faulty hard drives, your best option is always to plan for an eventual failure. Acquiring a new hard drive, and transferring your data, from the old drive to the new one, is your best option. 

6. Using Conflicting Antivirus Tools

Your antivirus tool uses a considerable amount of systems memory in order to carry out a scan, and other duties on your computer. This is compounded, by the number of antivirus tools you have installed and running on your computer, at any one time. Not only does having multiple antivirus tools running on your computer, cause it to hang, but it can also seriously degrade system performance. It’s best you do your own research, before investing in any antivirus tools. 

Having more than one antivirus tool on your computer, doesn’t necessarily increase or improve its security. If you’re worried about your system being infected, then you can simply use Virus Total, which will scan any files, before they enter your computer system. 

7. Malicious Files

Malicious files, such as malware and viruses, are amongst the most common threats to internet surfers. These virus files are capable of seriously degrading system performance, while restricting what you can and cannot do on your computer. Thus, systems suffering from intermittent performance, can in many instances be the result of a virus infection.

About  AUTHOR:

Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website