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Why Does My Computer Keep Freezing?

Updated on August 13, 2018
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Why Does My Computer Keep Freezing?
Why Does My Computer Keep Freezing?

Whether you are in the middle of browsing the Internet, playing a game or simply booting up, it is quite common for your computer to freeze. It can be rather random or repeatedly with one trigger.

You may simply have a mouse that does not move, an hourglass that labours or worst still, a message that says 'file dumping' and then the elusive blue screen of death.

In most instances there are simple reasons explain this, and more importantly some quick fixes that you can carry out to resolve your predicament.

Even if you think you have tried every possible solution, there is always just one that may be the magic one for you.

Is My Computer Fixable?

Yes, in almost all cases your computer is definitely able to be fixed.

Is It My Fault My Computer Keeps Freezing?

Most people instantly assume that they are the cause of their computer freezing. Particularly when it freezes for the first time.

Changes are you had nothing to do with it at all.

Unless you have tinkered with a feature of your computer without knowing that you are doing, the only other way that you could have contributed to this is if you accidentally opened up an email and clicked a 'spam' link or clicked a rogue offering online.

Whether you did anything or not is only of importance when you are tracing your steps back to brainstorm the issues. Don't dwell on it. Just look to follow the steps to address it.

Why Does My Computer Keep Freezing?

It is common knowledge that computers, or PCs, can slow down over time, generally as memory depletes. When a computer freezes however, this is extraordinarily frustrating.

Here are a list of the common reasons as to why your computer may be freezing.

  • Software Errors

Have you installed any third-party software recently? There are occasions when the functions of software do not cooperate with your Windows platform and if your operating system does not understand what to do, it comes to a stand still and freezes. Try uninstalling any recent additions and assess whether the problem continues

  • Viruses

If your computer is infected with a virus, it can very well freeze. Check to see if your anti-virus software is up to date and fun a full system scan.

  • Temperature

Does your computer heat up? Overheating is a common reason for a computer to freeze. The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is an integral component of your system and it uses a fan to circulate air and keep it running at a normal temperature. If it does start to heat up, or the fan stops working optimally make sure that its vents are not blocked.

  • Corrupt Files and Disk Space

Every time software is installed and uninstalled and every time you browse the internet your computer stores remnants of files, temp files and overtime this can grow to a significant volume. This content is unnecessary and simply takes up space. Running a Registry Cleaner can detect and repair any errors, free up disk space and eliminate clutter. Think of it as a good system tune up. If your computer's registry contain corrupt information it will send Windows off doing useless tasks or running unneeded routines which can result in freezing.

  • Hard Drive Is Full

A computer's hard drive requires at least 15% free space to operate. If yours is too full, delete unwanted software.

  • Too Many Programs Running

Do you have too many programs running at the same time? Your system could be running in circles trying to keep up.

  • Defrag Your Computer

Run the Windows defragmenter to help speed things up. Start>All Programs> Accessories> System Tools>Disk defragmenter. This may take a while to run but it will clean up unused space and 're-file' things again making it easier for your computer to find things when requested to.

  • Remove Programs From Startup

If your computer freezes on start up, there could be too many programs that it is trying to load before it even opens for you to use. Press Start>Run and enter msconfig and then click 'Startup' tab. Un-tick any programs that you do not want to pre-load.

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      5 years ago

      i try everything, even reinstall windows from 7 to xp, still it freezing up after the installation.

      So, what exactly make it freezing up every time i access any window and also every time to start new program?

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      5 years ago

      Great registry cleaner

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Freezing computers- so frustrating! Helpful hub and good advice on items to check. It's so important to have an up-to-date antivirus program running. MS Security Essentials is a good free one and I'm still a fan of Norton. Voted up and useful.

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      Very helpful hub for those people that are having problems with their computers freezing on them. It is important to check and look into these common reasons why your computer may be freezing and trying to fix it instead of going to buy a new computer right away. The freezing computer problem can be frustrating but it can also be fixed especially if it's just because you have too many files in your PC and all you need to do is free up some space.


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