5 Signs Your PC Needs a Check-up

5 Signs Your PC Needs a Check-up

Whether you are a student or a gamer (or both), you need to keep your computer in the best working condition.

While no device lasts forever, timely service and maintenance can increase the lifespan of your PC and protect your investment for longer.

In today’s blog post, we talk about warning signs that your computer needs a check-up. If you reside in Loganville, GA, you can always reach out to Computer Sleuths to take care of your laptops, tablets, and desktop PCs. Click here to learn more about our services.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should go for a PC check-up right away:

1. Slow performance

To start off, all computers get sluggish over time. But there are a variety of factors that can cause even newer PCs to run slow. This includes everything from viruses to overheating and hard drive failure. You may start to notice sluggish performance when you turn on the system or when you launch a new program.

Before moving on, do note that a slowed-down PC can also occur because you may have installed software that your system cannot keep up with. This is not necessarily an issue, and a hardware upgrade will suffice in most cases.

2. Too many error messages

Secondly, frequent error messages are indicators of a problem with your computer. Sometimes you may notice error messages when you launch a specific program. In this case, a simple uninstall/reinstall might do the trick.

Or it may be a malware problem, in which case you should run the antivirus. The point is, there may be any number of reasons that your PC is showing errors.

So if you notice error messages popping up regularly, or you get a lot of error messages in a short period, you need to get your PC checked out.

3. System is running hot

Moving on, heating is both a sign as well as the cause of damage.  PCs come with fans to keep the internal components cooler while blowing out the hot air. The computer vents also create an effective cooling system.

Any blockage in the vents, such as dust and pet fur, will cause your system to overheat. In this case, you may notice that your computer shuts down often, or it is too hot to use on your lap.

4. Settings change randomly

If you notice random setting changes, it may be a sign that your machine is infected. Watch out for a new icon, a new homepage on your browser, or an unfamiliar extension. Some viruses even block you from restoring the settings.

5. Too much noise

Finally, you should consider a PC check-up if your machine is making strange noises. Usually, this is a sign that one or more of the components are failing. As soon as you notice a weird sound, backup your files immediately to an external hard drive or cloud storage service before you try to diagnose the issue.

At Computer Sleuths, we recommend that you have your PC serviced at least once a year. If you reside in Loganville, GA, we can even come to your home to pick up your machine or perform on-site maintenance. Click here to learn more about valet services.