After using a computer for a while, you are bound to encounter various computer problems. For some people, computer issues are not too troublesome because they react to the problems quickly and solve them before they snowball out of control.

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On the other hand, someone who is not too tech-savvy might not have enough experience to know what they need to do to avoid the problems. In such cases, it is usually recommended to use a computer service store. 

You would need to pay money, and it might take a while for them to fix the computer, and that is not something everyone can afford.

Thankfully, many common computer problems should be manageable without intervention from others. Let’s take a look at common issues and how you can manage them on your own.

Failure to Back-Up Data

As a rule of thumb, you want to back up your data regularly so that there is a copy of files in case something happens to them. For instance, there might be a malware attack, or you could delete files accidentally.

Usually, people pick between cloud storage and an external HDD to back up their files. Some even use both methods.

However, there might be some issues with the backup, particularly if you are using an external storage accessory. 

If the drive is not responding to the computer after you mount it, consider what you can do to troubleshoot the issue. According to, checking if the disk is encrypted and formatting the drive are two effective approaches.You may also want to check if the accessory is compatible with your computer. Sometimes, there might be compatibility issues with the drive or the USB port.

Loud Noises From Internal Fans

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As soon as you start hearing loud noises coming from the computer’s internal fans, you should shut it down and take a look at how much dust has accumulated inside.

taking a desktop computer’s case and cleaning the dust inside should not be too difficult. You do not even need specific cleaning tools for it, though such a kit would come in handy.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about laptops. You will have a harder time taking a laptop apart and putting it together, so be sure to follow step-by-step instructions or consider leaving the task to someone with experience.

After you finish cleaning the dust inside your computer, you should notice how much quieter it is working. Get in the habit of cleaning the dust regularly instead of waiting until too much of it accumulates.

Sluggish Performance

A sluggish performance often indicates that there is not one but multiple problems with the computer. As such, you should try multiple different solutions to determine which ones provide the most efficient results.

Start with scanning for malware. Even minor cybersecurity threats are known to snowball and cause significant issues to the overall computer performance. 

Next, open Activity Monitor or Task Manager (depending on what OS you are on) and see how many background processes there are currently running. You are bound to notice one or two that are redundant, and quitting them will free up system resources, which will also make the computer less sluggish.

If you have enabled visual effects, such as various animations or a backlit keyboard, disable them as they are a hindrance to the system resources. And if you are using a laptop, such effects also consume battery life.

Desktop clutter is another common cause behind sluggish computer performance. You may find it convenient to keep documents and other files on the computer’s desktop, but it is not good for the overall device performance.

Finally, check the state of the drive. If there is less than 15 percent of total storage free, you need to figure out which files you should remove permanently and which to transfer to external storage so that there is more space on the computer’s drive.

Computer Accessory Problems

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While not as common, computer accessory problems can still happen and put you in a bad spot. For example, your mouse might stop responding despite you clicking it. A similar thing can happen to a keyboard.

If so, the issue might be with the accessory’s cable. Particles that get inside could also prevent you from using the accessory. For example, bread crumbs inside a computer.

You may also encounter problems with a microphone or a webcam. Laptop users will have even more of a challenge since these two are not really accessories, but rather integrated parts of the device, and fixing them without proper tools and necessary knowledge is not that simple.


All in all, you should be familiar with common computer problems and how to avoid them after reading this article. Keep the information provided here in mind the next time you face issues, and you should have an easier time overcoming them.